Saturday, May 1, 2010

Orzo Pasta with Pine Nuts

This is a side dish my kids love. We make it often.


1/2 box Orzo pasta
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts (lightly toasted)
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Cook the orzo pasta according to package directions. (I add the bouillon cube to the water). Drain and return to pot. Over low heat, Add the butter, salt, pepper, nutmeg and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine until the butter melts. Remove from heat. Add the pine nuts. Taste the pasta and adjust the seasonings. You can add more or less butter, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts according to your liking.

For an easy dinner, sometimes I add cream (about 1/2 cup), broccoli and chopped chicken to this pasta -- yum!

Serves 4 - 6

(Note: Pine nuts go rancid very quickly. Make sure to check the expiration date on any package you buy and store them in your freezer until you are ready to use them.)