not much more to say about it than that — it reheats well, too. if you like onions, you can sauté a little and add it, too. i like it just as is.
simple orzo pilaf
cooked in the same amount of time as rice, this is a nice change from the "same old, same old". the way it is cooked here results in bi-coloured orzo with a garlicky-peppery flavour. you can add a tablespoon of honey or soy sauce, or even both, after it's cooked to give it a different taste.
1 c of orzo, divided (either 1/2 - 1/2 or 1/3 - 2/3)
2 tbsp oil (reg or olive)
2 - 4 cloves garlic, minced or sliced
2 c water or stock
1 tbsp (parve) stock powder or bouillon cube crumbled
1/2 - 1 tsp salt (to taste)
1/4 tsp black pepper
to add at the end of cooking:
chopped parsley, if wanted
1 tbsp honey AND/OR,
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
important note before starting: keep your eye on the dish near the end of the cooking time as it likes to stick to the bottom of the pan, especially if you're using a non stick. use only very low heat to cook the orzo over the 17 minute cooking time and keep it well-covered.
divide the orzo and prepare the garlic by either mincing it or cutting into slivers (depending on how much garlic flavour you like). the reason for dividing it is to give the orzo its two colours. you can colour it a bit with 1/3 of a cup or using a 1/2 cup.
in a non stick pan (this is preferable as the orzo likes to stick even at low heat), heat the oil over medium low heat and sauté it for only a minute or two. it musn't burn or go brown.
add 1/2 cup of the orzo and let it cook, stirring until it starts to get golden brown. meanwhile, have your water or stock ready along with the spices.
when browned, turn the heat to low. add the rest of the orzo and then add the water slowly. throw in spices and seasonings and stir. be careful as it will start to boil immediately.
once the mixture is boiling, cover the pan and cook it for about 17 minutes only.
check on it, and remove the lid. let it cook further if needed to evaporate any excess stock.
add the parsley, honey and soy sauce if using.