Mushroom orzo is an easy pasta side dish recipe that is easy to make and pairs with main dishes like steak, chicken, or pork. The combination of sauteed mushrooms, pasta, and cheese is light and flavorful.
If you like mushrooms, you are going to love this easy side dish. This simple orzo pasta dish is all about fresh mushrooms and is really easy to make.
I like this dish because it reminds me a little of a fancy risotto, but it’s much easier to make. Mushroom risotto has most of the same ingredients, except it is made with rice. This mushroom orzo is made with pasta and, as I mentioned, is a lot easier.
What is orzo?
Orzo, or risoni as it’s sometimes called, is a small pasta shape that looks a lot like rice. Because of that, you can use it in many dishes like you would rice – it’s great for soup, salads, and side dishes like this mushroom orzo.
“Orzo” in Italian means “barley,” but this pasta shape is definitely not barley. Once cooked, it’s tender, delicious, and can be used in a variety of dishes.
I love easy side dishes, and this mushroom orzo recipe is excellent with steak, pork chops, or baked chicken. It’s easy enough for weeknights, but we’ve made it for holiday dinners, too.
- Sliced mushrooms
- Chopped onion
- Chicken broth
- Olive oil
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper
How to Make Mushroom Orzo
Sauté the mushrooms and onions in a large skillet over medium heat. Once they are softened and browned, add the chicken broth.
Bring the broth to a boil, and then add the orzo. Cover the skillet and lower the heat. Simmer the pasta in the broth until it’s tender and has absorbed the liquid.
Add salt, pepper, and half of the Parmesan cheese. I like to add more Parmesan on the side for serving.
For this recipe, feel free to use your favorite type of mushrooms. You can also do a mix of mushrooms.
When you cook the orzo, all of the liquid should be absorbed. If there is excess liquid, just leave the lid off and simmer it until it evaporates.
You can easily make this a main dish by adding cooked chicken. It’s a great way to use up leftover shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken.
For a richer flavor, use beef broth instead of chicken broth. Or, if you want it to be vegetarian, use vegetable broth.
Save this easy mushroom orzo recipe for the next time you want a delicious and simple side. The flavors are great and pair with so many main dishes. I hope you enjoy it!
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Mushroom Orzo Recipe
- 8 ounces fresh mushrooms sliced
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 cup orzo
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated and separated
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and mushrooms until they soften and brown (4-6 minutes).
- Pour broth in the skillet and bring to a boil. Add Orzo cover the skillet and turn heat to low. Simmer until liquid is absorbed and Orzo is cooked through. About 10-15 minutes. If there is still liquid remove cover and simmer for a few more minutes to remove liquid.
- Add salt, pepper and half the parmesan cheese. Stir in and then serve. Sprinkle the rest of the parmesan cheese on top as needed.
This easy Mushroom Orzo recipe will come in handy the next time you’re looking for a new side dish to try. The flavors pair greatly and it’s easy to make!
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