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A Creamy, Cheesy Meal June 2, 2008

Filed under: Entrees,Side Dishes — lindsayrose @ 1:17 am

Tonight we made “Anniversary Chicken”.  It is a recipe from that Ross found awhile ago, but we never made.  I wish we had made it sooner!  It was SO good!  We used light ranch and made real bacon and crumbled it instead of using Bacos.  It was easy to make and had a great taste.  The teriyaki and ranch really mix together well.

I wanted to make something with orzo for a side dish.  I am not Italian, but I grew up in a town where most people were.  So, I absolutely love pasta.  I really think I could eat it everyday.  This is great when you are trying to eat cheap, but not when you are trying to fit into a pair of jeans (or a wedding dress)!


Orzo is great because it is pasta, but a little different.  This recipe looked really good to me.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.  The breadcrumb/cheese mixture was way to much, I think just a sprinkling of breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese would have made it taste a lot better.  The recipe follows:

BAKED ORZO AND CHEESE1/2 pound orzo, uncooked
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups whole milk, heated
5 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 cups fresh bread crumbs
1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-by-11-inch baking dish.

Prepare the orzo according to package directions, until not quite al dente. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes.

Increase the heat to medium-high, slowly whisk in milk and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, whisking often, for 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the cheddar. Season with salt and pepper. Stir orzo into sauce and transfer to baking dish.

Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and sprinkle over orzo.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until bubbling and lightly browned on top.

Servings: 6-8
Adapted from source: Sara Moulton Cooks at Home by Sara Moulton


Now we’re going to have dessert… Ben and Jerry’s Cheesecake Brownie ice cream!!! 


UPDATE:  That ice cream is wonderful.  It tastes just like cheesecake, and the brownie cheesecake chunks are amazing as well.  We ate them out of waffle bowls, which ended up being almost like a graham cracker crust, which made it taste even more like cheesecake!  Go get some!


One Response to “A Creamy, Cheesy Meal”

  1. Kim Pritt Says:

    Lindsay and Ross: As I read about your use of Orzo Pasta, my mind wandered to my use of Orzo as a substitute for Rosa Marina Pasta in Rosa Marina Salad (can’t find Rosa Marina around here, so had to find a substitute that would work and Orzo ended up being it!!!). So – I posted my recipe for Rosa Marina Salad — thought you might like to try it! Being from upstate NY, you may have had it at one time or another! Check it out on my blog – hope you enjoy it!!! Kim

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