During a lunch break at a seminar, I was talking to a few ladies about (brace yourself for the shocker) food. They all said it was easier to buy frozen meals or grab takeout than to cook their own meals. When I insisted it didn’t take that much longer to make a meal from scratch than to wait for takeout, they scoffed. Yes, dear readers, they scoffed! When I pointed out that the meal I was eating only required five ingredients (orzo not pictured above…mostly because it was cooking when I shot it) and took me only about 15 minutes to make, they were shocked.
After that conversation, I decided to share some of my favorite fast recipes (hence the reason this entry is titled “1″). You know, the dishes you throw together when you’re tired but still want something good. And for me, orzo dishes fall easily into this category.
2 cups basil leaves
1 shallot or scallion, diced
Sun-dried tomatoes, packed in herbed olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1-2 cups cooked orzo (amount of orzo depends on how many you plan on feeding).
Cook the orzo according to the package, drain and set aside. Chop the shallot, basil and sun dried tomatoes, reserving some of the olive oil for the pan. Place the pan on the stove at medium heat, pour in the reserved olive oil and add the shallots first. Saute for a minute or two (until the shallots start to go soft) and then toss in the tomatoes. Continue to saute for another minute, adding the basil before tossing in the cooked orzo. Reduce the heat to low and continue tossing the ingredients together until everything is evenly coated. Salt and pepper to taste before serving and top with the cheese!
Not only is this an incredibly easy dish to make, it tastes as if you’ve actually spent a lot of time on it. So have no shame about passing it off as an elegant dish at a party…