Herbed Orzo Pilaf (Crowd Size)

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  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

1
package (16 ounces) rosamarina (orzo) pasta
1/4
cup pine nuts
2
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2
cups sliced mushrooms (4 ounces)
8
medium green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
2
cups sliced roma (plum) tomatoes
1/4
cup shredded fresh or 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook nuts over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until toasted. Remove from skillet.
  • 3 Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and the garlic to skillet. Cook and stir over medium-high heat 1 minute. Stir in mushrooms and onions. Cook about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender.
  • 4 Stir in tomatoes, pasta, basil, salt and remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Spoon into serving dish; sprinkle with nuts.

Expert Tips

Cook the pasta as directed on package, but undercook it by a minute or two. Drain, then rinse with cold water and drain again. Toss with a teaspoon of olive or vegetable oil. Refrigerate in tightly covered container or resealable food-storage plastic bag up to 5 days. When making the pilaf, add pasta to the skillet after cooking mushrooms and green onions, and heat through. Then stir in the remaining ingredients and heat through.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
135
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
80mg
80%;
Total Carbohydrate
25g
25%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
 
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.