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Steak and Cremini Mushroom Orzo Pilaf (Vegetarian Option)

by Spicie Foodie on February 15, 2013

Steak and Cremini Mushroom Orzo Pilaf (Vegetarian Option) Recipe by Spicie Foodie

Orzo is a wheat pasta shaped liked grains of rice and barley. The word means barley in Italian and it’s a reference to the size and shape of the pasta. It is commonly used in Italian, Greek, and Middle Eastern cuisines with soups, salads, pilafs, casseroles, and as stuffing for peppers and squash. The delicate grains can be tricky to work with because it can quickly be overcooked and turn mushy. But don’t let that turn you away from orzo, it is quite versatile and a great ingredient to use do to its ability to absorbs flavors well.

Steak and Cremini Mushroom Orzo Pilaf (Vegetarian Option) Recipe by Spicie Foodie

These little flat grains have become one of my favorite quick meal ingredients. Cooking time is minimal and their ability to take on different forms is something we can all appreciate. I’ve mostly cooked orzo in pilaf and risotto style dishes, and every time the results have been quite tasty.

Steak and Cremini Mushroom Orzo Pilaf (Vegetarian Option) Recipe by Spicie Foodie

Today I want to share one of our favorite ways of eating orzo — steak and cremini mushroom pilaf. I’m sure we can all agree that beef and mushrooms are wonderful together, and mixing them into a creamy orzo dish just accentuates the great combination. My recipe is straightforward and so perfect for both busy or lazy days. No need to worry that flavor will be sacrificed for minimal effort — this dish is packed with plenty of good taste.

Steak and Cremini Mushroom Orzo Pilaf (Vegetarian Option) Recipe by Spicie Foodie

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Steak and Cremini Mushroom Orzo Pilaf (Vegetarian Option)
 
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A quick and easy orzo pasta recipe made pilaf style. Make it for lunch or dinner on busy nights.
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Recipe type: Main, Lunch, Pasta, Vegetarian,
Cuisine: Italian, Fusion, International, Pasta
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • one 500 gm or 1 lb. bag of orzo pasta
  • 330 gm or ¾ lb. thinly sliced steak*
  • 830 ml or 3.5 cups low sodium beef broth**
  • 250 gm or ½ lb. pack cremini mushrooms (substitue w/baby portobello or button)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • parmesan cheese, to taste
  • parsley for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive in a large pan, saute the onions until translucent then add steak and cook through. Next add the mushrooms and cook until soften and their liquid has been cooked off. Add the minced garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Push all ingredients to one side then add the orzo pasta. Stirring often cook the orzo for a few minutes, it should begin browning. Mix orzo with the rest of the pan ingredients, then pour in the broth. Add salt and ground black pepper to taste, and simmer over medium heat until all of the liquid has been absorbed. (If orzo has not cooked through stir in a little bit more broth.)
  2. Once orzo has cooked add grated parmesan cheese to taste, stir and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Right before serving sprinkle in finely chopped parsley.
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FOR VEGETARIAN VERSION: Omit the steak, or substitute it with vegetarian protein of choice. Swap out beef broth for vegetarian.

 

Steak and Cremini Mushroom Orzo Pilaf (Vegetarian Option) Recipe by Spicie Foodie

I served our “pilaf” with grilled zucchini which was sliced thinly, coated in olive oil, salt, ground black pepper then grilled. Feel free to serve with green vegetable of choice. You’ll also notice the piece of bread, I can’t resist carbs with carbs. Enjoy the recipe!

Steak and Cremini Mushroom Orzo Pilaf (Vegetarian Option) Recipe by Spicie Foodie What is your favorite way of cooking orzo?

 

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa February 15, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I adore orzo and mushrooms. This dish is just wonderful!

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie February 15, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Glad to hear it and thank you Rosa! Have a great weekend.

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3 sandra February 15, 2013 at 5:21 PM

this looks so good – I just love mushrooms – and would be really easy to make. I have not made orzo yet, and am feeling the need to give it a try.

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4 Spicie Foodie February 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Hi Sandra, I hope you do give this easy recipe and orzo a try soon. Thanks!

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5 Ramona February 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I have recently started cooking with orzo as well. I really like the texture it has. This pilaf looks DE-licious. :)

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6 Spicie Foodie February 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

So you already know how good it is, Ramona. Thanks

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7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM

This is my dream dinner, Nancy! Can’t wait to try it :)

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8 Spicie Foodie February 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Enjoy Laura!

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9 Judy @Savoring Today February 15, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I know that steak and cremini mushrooms are great together, so adding them to the orzo as a pilaf would be grand. The grilled zucchini looks delicious too! :)

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10 Spicie Foodie February 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Glad you agree Judy! Thanks, I love zucchini this way.

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11 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

I still have some orzo in the pantry.. this is a perfect recipe to try!

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12 Spicie Foodie February 15, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Enjoy it Angie and have a great weekend!

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13 Juliana February 15, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Oh Nancy, I have all the ingredients handy and will make this pilaf with orzo…looks delicious and so flavorful!
Again, wonderful pictures…have a great weekend!

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14 Spicie Foodie February 15, 2013 at 9:08 PM

I hope you do Juliana, and thanks same to you too!

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15 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun February 15, 2013 at 11:22 PM

This makes me hungry and I just ate! Looks wonderful. I can’t get orzo here in San Miguel, but when I have brought it down from the states, I often just make a Greek-style salad with it. Next time I have some, I will definitely try this!

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16 Spicie Foodie February 16, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Thank you Victoria! You should give it a try, it is so easy and packed with good flavours.

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17 Eha February 16, 2013 at 3:30 AM

I love the variations on a theme aspect! Unboring meals! Beloved steak/mushrooms around the globe [which does not really matter, does it :) !] added to a carb many do not use! Not my favourite, but lovely for a change :) ! And I shall fight for healthy carbs any tick of the clock wherever: to me balance in life, and that very much means in food, is paramount!!!

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18 Spicie Foodie February 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Me too Eha!

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19 Holly February 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I love orzo and just found cremini mushrooms at the market this morning. I think I may have to plan this for dinner soon!

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20 Spicie Foodie February 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM

That’s great Holly! Let me know how you like it, and enjoy.

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21 mjskit February 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Oh I love making a meal using orzo. What a great dish! For Valentine’s I used thinly sliced steak in a salad and it was great, but I would have loved to have had this! It’s never too late. I have one more steak in the freezer and some baby bellas in the fridge! Can’t wait to taste this! Thank you for sharing!

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22 Spicie Foodie February 16, 2013 at 11:31 PM

A salad with steak sounds really good right now. Thanks MJ and enjoy your orzo. :)

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23 Suzanne Perazzini February 16, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Cooking all pasta is a delicate balance. Getting that pot off the stove at exactly the right moment is so important or my husband chastises me. Love the big lumps of mushrooms with it.

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24 Spicie Foodie February 16, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I agree Suzanne, so I always stand over the pot and check repeatedly. Hehe, I can imagine he wants it cooked perfectly. :)

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25 Betty February 17, 2013 at 1:39 AM

The steak and mushrooms sound like delicious additions to the orzo. A wonderful dish for supper! :)

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26 Spicie Foodie February 17, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Thank you Betty!

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27 yummychunklet February 17, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Now that looks like a tasty pilaf! Yum!

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28 Spicie Foodie February 17, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Thanks Ms. Yummychunklet;)

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29 Mushrooms Canada February 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

This pilaf sounds amazing! I especially love that you paired it with grilled zucchini. This is a must try for me! Thanks for sharing…

-Shannon

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30 Spicie Foodie February 19, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Thank you Shannon! I love grilled zucchini and could pair it with so many things.:)

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31 marla March 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

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32 Spicie Foodie March 11, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Thanks Marla!

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