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Sun-Dried Tomato and Herbed/Cheesed Baked Orzo

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“This is a wonderful infusion of sweet sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, shallots and fresh herbs and cheese with wonderful orzo, baked to perfection with a simple parmesan/bread crumb topping. I saw a version of this on The Food Netwook, and adapted it to suit what I had in my pantry and it turned out very flavorful.”
READY IN:
35mins
SERVES:
4
UNITS:
US

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Directions

  1. Heat olive oil and butter over medium/high heat in saucepan til hot. Add shallots and cook til translucent, but not brown. Add chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Cook 1 minute more, stirring and moving mixture around constantly. Add garlic, cooking one minute more. Be careful at this point not to burn garlic or all will be ruined.
  2. Add 1 cup orzo to saucepan, constantly stirring and toasting the pasta for 1 to 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, and crank heat up to high to bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper for seasoning, being careful not to over-salt, as parmesano reggiano has a high salt content. When boil is reached, cover and reduce to simmer and cover til most of liquid is absorbed. You want SOME liquid to remain.
  3. Transfer to a bowl. Add fontina cheese and 1/4 cup parmesan, basil and parsley. Add cream. Stir well. Transfer to 2-quart buttered/greased ramekin or equivalent and cover the top with the mixture of Italian seasoned bread crumbs and remaining 1/4 cup reggiano cheese.
  4. Dot top with bits of butter and bake in 375 oven for approximately 30 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, grating more reggiano over dish if desired.

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