Speckled Quinoa & Orzo

by Kelli H. on July 20, 2011

Do you ever just get home from work and feel completely unmotivated? I went on a 3 mile walk after work and since then I just keep making mess after mess in the kitchen and haven’t felt like cleaning it up. It doesn’t help that it’s a Tuesday night and my neighbors are having a backyard party. I guess I’m just in a strange mood…

Here’s a look into my mess of a kitchen that I will have to clean once I’m done writing this post.

This dish came to me from my mom who got it from my nanny. I’ve made it twice now and it’s definitely blog worthy and a keeper! I’m a huge fan of qunioa and I love orzo!

I love lemony orzo
When I saw this dish that paired healthy quinoa with my little friend orzo, I was beyond stoked!
I apologize for my boring photo but this dish is seriously delicious
Speckled Quinoa & Orzo
Adapted from Michele Urvater 
2 T olive oil
1 C quinoa, thoroughly rinsed
1 C orzo
2 garlic cloves, minced
10 sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
3 C chicken broth
3/4 C grated parmesan cheese
2 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/4 C chiffonade of basil
1.  Heat olive oil in a medium size saucepan. Add quinoa and orzo and cook, stirring constantly, until quinoa turns golden, about 1 minute. Add in the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and continue to saute for 20 seconds until you smell their aroma. 
2.  Add chicken broth, bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 12 minutes or until barely done. There should be a little liquid that hasn’t been absorbed by the grains and pasta and which will help the cheese turn creamy.  Add the cheese, season with salt and pepper, stir in the basil and remove from the heat.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

thecookieboss July 21, 2011 at 3:38 am

That looks so good! I seriously just wrote down the ingredients I need for it on my shopping list! I am totally making it!

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Made in Sonoma July 21, 2011 at 4:17 am

awesome! I hope you enjoy it!

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runningonhungry.com July 21, 2011 at 5:49 am

YUM that looks delish! I currently have dishes waiting for me in the kitchen too… and I’m dreading them!

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Nanny July 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I for one can tell you it is delicious.

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David July 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I freakin love this dish! End of story.

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deboden May 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

I love stumbling upon peoples old blog posts 🙂 I’m glad I did for this because it looks delicious! Just book marked it on my favorites bar 🙂

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