“From the Seattle Times, Wednesday, May 22, 2002. Recipe adapted from "The Cook's Illustrated Complete Book of Poultry."”

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  1. In a saucepan halfway full of water, boil the uncooked orzo pasta for 5 minutes; drain, rinse, and set aside to allow to drain again.
  2. Trim the asparagus and remove the fibrous parts from about halfway down the stalk with a vegetable peeler; cut on the diagonal into 1 inch pieces and set aside.
  3. Carefully clean leeks: cut off the stemmy bottoms and the dark green leaves, so you end up with with white and light green parts only (dirt can get in between the leaves, so wash them out well).
  4. Cut leeks lengthwise in quarters, then into about 1-inch squares.
  5. Peel and dice the carrot.
  6. In a large, heavy pot (5 quart) over medium temperature, heat the olive oil and butter together then add the leeks and shallot and sauté for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the thyme and broth and simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. Add the orzo, asparagus, and chicken and simmer for 5 minutes; stir in the peas, dill, salt, and pepper and simmer another 5 minutes.
  9. Remove the pot from the heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  10. Garnish each serving with cheddar, serve, and enjoy!

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