Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pesto Orzo

 Inspired by a Pampered Chef recipe, I modified this slightly to create
 a simple pasta side dish for chicken, fish, or shrimp.

 1 cup dry orzo
2 plum tomatoes
1/2 c. green onions
1/3 c. black olives
2 1/2 Tbsp. Pesto
1 tsp. lemon zest

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Cook orzo until al dente, drain well. Meanwhile, seed and chop tomatoes, slice green onions with the green tops, slice black olives and place into an 8 inch square baking dish. Add the cooked orzo and stir well. Add the pesto and stir until well mixed. Sprinkle lemon zest on top.

Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for about 13-20 minutes. This is a great side dish with fish and can be baked at almost any temperature.

Makes 5 servings.

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