If you love creamy risotto but can't stand the fuss behind making it, this is a delicious and easy alternative! A fantastic side dish that goes well with your favourite chicken recipe.
Never mind the chicken and brussels sprouts I served this with - I could have eaten this all by itself! Five stars for being a good basic recipe to use as a starting point for your own creativity, with endless possibilities. What I liked best was not having to boil the orzo first, drain it, then proceed. I sauteed chopped cremini mushrooms along with the onion and garlic in both olive oil and butter. For a little more dimension in flavor and creaminess I used a mixture of chicken broth, cream and a good glug of white wine. In addition to salt and pepper I seasoned this with some fresh thyme. Delicious! - 02 Jun 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
For a much creamier pasta, add 1/2 cup thick cream, simmer for at least 3mins., before tossing the other ingredients. - 22 Mar 2006 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
YUM!! I omitted the onion, and added a dollop of sour cream, a splash of milk, a Tbs of butter, chicken, and veggies and this was an awesome dish. Will make again. Thanks! - 30 Sep 2007 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)