Have I mentioned how much I love mushrooms? Well I LOVE them. This 30 Minute Mushroom Orzo Risotto is perfect. It has mushrooms, pasta, and cheese. Technically risotto is made with Arborio rice, but you can substitute orzo pasta for a faster cooking time. This delicious one pot meal comes together in 30 minutes making it a perfect weeknight dinner option.
How do you make 30 Minute Mushroom Orzo Risotto?
To make mushroom orzo risotto, heat up some olive oil over medium high and add the onions, mushroom, garlic, salt and pepper stirring constantly for two minutes. Add the dry orzo pasta to the pan and stir constantly for around two minutes to toast the pasta.
Pour two cups of broth into the pot and continue to stir making sure nothing sticks to the bottom. After the liquid has been absorbed, add three more cups and keep stirring occasionally until the liquid has absorbed for around ten minutes. Turn off the heat and mix in the Parmesan cheese to the pasta into the mushroom orzo risotto.
Additions or Substitutions
This mushroom orzo risotto is a great vegetarian dinner or an easy side! You can definitely expand on this recipe. Some delicious additions or substitutions could include:
- fresh spinach, added at the end of the recipe
- sauted zucchini or squash
- sun-dried tomatoes, added at the end of the recipe
- cooked chicken or shrimp
You could also add a splash of white wine to the mushroom orzo risotto before pouring in the broth for a more complex flavor. If you don't like mushrooms, you could leave them out on just have the pasta. You could add some lemon juice and zest to brighten everything up.
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