Winter is officially over! For anyone who has a vegetable garden, this means that it’s almost time to start reaping the benefits of fresh produce harvests that make for delicious, beautiful meals. If you’re just getting started and looking for some tips for beginners, take a look at this easy garden-inspired recipe that will have you cooking in no time.
My Gourmet Connection created a delectable Summer Garden Orzo recipe that uses vegetables and herbs you might have growing right in your own backyard.
Here’s what it calls for:
½ cup onion, chopped
3 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and diced
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
1 cup orzo
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
Salt and pepper
Here are the steps:
1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add in the chopped onions and cook for about three minutes until they are translucent.
2. Add the garlic and cook for one additional minute before pouring in the zucchini, seasoning with salt and pepper, and cooking for three or four minutes until the zucchini is tender.
3. Move the vegetables into a small bowl and set aside for later use.
4. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil into the pan with the dried orzo, and cook until it is lightly toasted – this should take one to two minutes. Carefully pour in the chicken broth, season with salt, and cover.
5. Cook the orzo, stirring occasionally, until all the chicken broth has been absorbed and the orzo is tender, which should take about seven to nine minutes. If the liquid is all gone and your orzo has not reached the desired consistency, add water in 2 tablespoon increments until it is fully cooked.
6. Once the orzo is ready, pour the vegetable mixture back into the pan and stir so everything is evenly distributed. Add in the tomato, parsley and additional salt and pepper – if desired – and stir to combine. Continue seasoning to taste.
7. Transfer to a platter, serve and enjoy! My Gourmet Connection recommends serving this dish either warm or at room temperature. As stated, the recipe will yield four servings, but feel free to adjust quantities if you’re having a large summer dinner party!