Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
Post, photos, and recipe development by guest author, Carly Hanellin.
If you are looking for something easy and impressive, look no further! Easy Mushroom Orzo with Basil Pesto is a quick pasta recipe that never fails to impress. I like to top it with crumbled goat cheese or ricotta with black pepper. I love the pesto because it is made with walnuts. Traditionally, pesto is made with pine nuts, but this can be expensive. By subbing walnuts, you get the health benefits of them, and also a fun nutty flavor.
Easy Mushroom Orzo With Basil Pesto
I don’t know about you, but I find orzo to be such an interesting type of pasta.
It is pasta but shaped like rice.
Because it is a small and delicate pasta, I wanted to try a recipe with a sauce that won’t totally drown the pasta itself.
I figured pesto sauce would be my best bet, and it was awesome!
I like to make a quick and easy pesto in my blender and save it for any use I may need.
It worked perfectly paired with the orzo.
I also served it with sauteed mushrooms and goat cheese sprinkled on top.
Goat cheese is rather salty, so it was a nice finishing touch to the dish.
- 16 oz box of orzo
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 3 cup packed fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- white button mushrooms
- 6 oz crumbled goat cheese
- Chef’s knife
- Wooden spoon for stirring
- Ladle for serving
- Serving bowls and spoons
- high power blender
What makes this recipe so simple and easy, is that it only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish and has very few ingredients.
If you make any of this Easy Mushroom Orzo with Basil Pesto, please let us know in the comments below, thank you for reading and following along!
- Beet Salad
- Cold Brew Iced Tea
- How to Reduce Food Waste
- How to Make Compost from Kitchen Waste
- How to Reduce Plastic Use in The Kitchen
This post was first published on 1/13/2020 and updated and republished on 7/25/2021.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. #CommissionsEarned #ad
OXO Good Grips 15-Piece Everyday Kitchen Utensil Set
OXO Good Grips Lewis Pepper Mill
Gorilla Grip Original Reversible Cutting Board (3-Piece) BPA Free, Dishwasher Safe, Juice Grooves, Larger Thicker Boards, Easy Grip Handle, Non Porous, Extra Large, Kitchen (Set of Three: Black)
Cuisinart CTG-00-3MS Set of 3 Fine Mesh Stainless Steel Strainers
Ecodesign Bowls - Set of 4 - Premium French Onion Soup Bowls - Off-White - 300 ml (10.5 Ounce) with the Cork Coasters – Porcelain Classic European Style Healthy Portion Crocks – Oven/Microwave safe
Lodge 6 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Classic Red Enamel Dutch Oven (Island Spice Red)
OXO Good Grips Wooden Spoon Set, 3-Piece
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 662Total Fat: 51gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 383mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 16g
Please note that the Calculated Nutrition is an estimate at best. If you make this recipe and love it, remember to stop back and give it a 5-star rating – it helps others find the recipe!