Cravings. We’ve all had them, and if you deny it, you’re just lying to yourself. Some cravings have to do with chocolate gooey goodness (I’m not going to lie, most cravings consist of this), but there are a few cravings which diverge from the norm.
Some, and these are a very rare few, have a savory taste, and can easily be made for a deliciously simple lunch or quick dinner (this isn’t a joke. It’s really easy!). My mom and my sister were looking to me for lunch recently, and we all felt like trying something new. An ingredient I had never used before was requested — orzo (it’s an Italian pasta that looks somewhat like rice, except a tad longer). I whipped something up that we all gobbled down in less that 30 minutes! Here’s the recipe I found online and adapted to make it a bit more energizing!
Orzo with Chicken, Parmesan, and Basil
5 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons fresh basil, cut thin
1 cup thinly shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized cubes (leftover chicken, if you have some on hand, is perfect for this)
Salt and pepper to taste
In a saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter. Add the orzo and constantly stir until the orzo turns golden brown (careful here, if you walk away the orzo could burn). Add broth and water, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. 3 minutes before completion, remove lid and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and stir until thouroughly cooked (the orzo has absorbed all of the liquids and isn’t hard in the center). Remove from heat, add basil, parmesan, and chicken. Serve warm.
(This recipe was said to serve five to six, depending on portion sizes, but my sister, mom, and I loved it and ate all of it!)
Simple as that! Hope you enjoy!