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.
Recipe type: Main, Lunch, Pasta, Vegetarian,
Cuisine: Italian, Fusion, International, Pasta
Serves: 4
  • 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
  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.
FOR VEGETARIAN VERSION: Omit the steak, or substitute it with vegetarian protein of choice. Swap out beef broth for vegetarian.
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