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One Pot Orzo Primavera is full of green vegetables and a beautiful sauce with a hint of cream, garlic and lemon! All cooked in the one pan! | https://cafedelites.com
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One Pot Orzo Primavera

One Pot Orzo Primavera is full of green vegetables and a beautiful sauce with a hint of cream, garlic and lemon! All cooked in the one pan!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Karina - Cafe Delites

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium sized brown onion , chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli cut into florets , discard stem
  • 21- ounces | 600-grams asparagus , cut into 2-inch pieces (woody ends snapped off)
  • 8- ounces (250-grams) dry orzo pasta
  • 2 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth (or stock)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup half and half (or a reduced fat cream) - OPTIONAL
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper (extra) to taste if needed
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes), halved
  • Fresh parsley , to serve

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Fry the onion for 2-3 minutes until transparent. Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant; add the orzo and fry to brown slightly (about 2 minutes) in the oil.
  • Next, add in the broccoli florets and asparagus pieces, stirring occasionally for a further 2 minutes to absorb all the flavours in the pot.
  • Pour in the broth along with 3/4 teaspoon of salt. Give it a good stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat down to low and allow to cook for 5-6 minutes, until most of the liquid has absorbed, while stirring occasionally.
  • Uncover the pot and add in the peas and parmesan cheese. Stir gently to combine with the rest of the ingredients, and continue to cook on low heat for about 2-3 minutes until the peas have cooked through, the cheese has melted, and the pasta is cooked to your liking, while stirring occasionally.
  • Take off the heat. Stir the half and half through to combine well and squeeze in the lemon juice. Mix through; taste test and add more salt and pepper if desired.
  • Garnish with the fresh chopped parsley; top with the grape tomatoes and serve immediately.

Notes

*If you find all of the liquid has absorbed and the pasta is not done, add 1/2 cup extra broth or water, stir through, and allow to cook through

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 646mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1535IU | Vitamin C: 82.9mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 2.9mg