Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Orzo Vegetable Casserole (Frugal Food Thursday)

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I served this orzo and vegetable casserole as a side dish for my pre-Yom Kippur dinner, eaten just before starting a full-day fast.  I served it along with turkey and salad.  Because I would be using the oven to make the turkey, I wanted to make the side dish the day before.  This casserole was just the thing!

I used yellow, orange, and red bell peppers for this dish, which I found on sale at a locally-run grocery store.  But for most of the year, it would be more economical to use green peppers.

Here's the recipe:


2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1-1/2 cups orzo
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped (I used 1/3 yellow pepper, 1/3 orange pepper, and 1/3 red pepper )
1 4-oz can mushrooms, drained
2 tbsp dried parsley
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
freshly ground pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium saucepan, boil the chicken both and water.  Cook the orzo in the broth/water mixture according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Saute the onion for 2-3 minutes or until translucent.  Add the pepper and saute for 2 more minutes.  Add the mushrooms and cook for 1 minute more.

Remove the vegetables from the pan and into a mixing bowl.  Add the cooked orzo, parsley, garlic, and black pepper.  Toss the orzo and vegetables together.

Spray cooking spray on the surfaces of a 2-quart casserole dish.  Turn the orzo and vegetable mixture into the casserole dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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mjskit September 27, 2012 at 3:44 AM  

Great pasta dish! Orzo is perfect for large gatherings, picnics and such. Just love it! Thanks for hosting and hope you are having a great week!

Becky Elmuccio September 27, 2012 at 6:26 AM  

This looks like a great side dish. I will need to give it a try. Thanks for sharing it!

Sarah @ Natures Nurture September 27, 2012 at 7:52 AM  

Mmm, that orzo looks so delish and easy! I've pinned it for later. :) I've linked my post on making freezer fudge from leftover almond pulp (from making almond milk). Have a great week and thanks for hosting!

Margaux September 27, 2012 at 8:47 AM  

Oh this looks really good! I'm always on the look out for affordable vegetarian meals. I'd love if you came and shared at my healthy food link party!

akawest September 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM  

That looks yummy! Yom Kippur always reminds me of being a little kid, and promising not to tease my baby sister. I grew up to be a secular Jew, or an atheist, but I still am truly sorry I was mean to my sister. Okay, enough rambling...sorry. :)

Melissa @ Real Food Eater September 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM  

Ooh - that looks yummy! I linked up my Canned Salsa Recipe! It's delicious and a great solution to dealing with those end of the season tomatoes and peppers! I've included easy canning instructions for those that are new to canning! Thanks for hosting! (come visit my blog too!)

Joanna September 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM  

Hi! I'm sharing a delicious recipe for stuffed zucchini, and something to do with the leftover filling - make healthy "hamburger helper"!

Thanks for hosting!

Barb @ Frugal Local Kitchen September 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM  

I love orzo! It's such a great pasta to work with. Does the orzo absorb all the broth/water while it cooks? I've never cooked pasta in broth because I'm afraid of wasting the broth.

Miz Helen September 29, 2012 at 1:41 PM  

Your Orzo Vegetable Casserole looks great! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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Miz Helen

April @ The 21st Century Housewife October 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM  

I love orzo, and your casserole looks delicious. It's lovely and wholesome too with all those wonderful veggies.

Unknown October 8, 2012 at 8:57 AM  

this is great because you could adapt it to whatever is in season - squash now, root veg in the winter, beets in spring, tomatoes in summer. love it!

thank you for sharing your post with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! I hope we'll see you again this week with more amazing seasonal & real food posts. xo, kristy.

Debra @ Sweet Kisses and Dirty Dishes October 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM  

I don't know if I have ever tried Orzo but it looks good.

Thanks for linking to Healthy 2day Wednesday. Hope to see you back this week!

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