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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!
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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
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