One Pot Mushroom Orzo Bake

Following on from my obsession with one pot meals and orzo, here we have another one pot orzo dish that is loved by all. This one pot mushroom orzo bake is rich, earthy and comforting and the best Autumn/Winter food. 

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One Pot Mushroom Orzo Bake

I pan fry the mushrooms first because pan frying mushrooms in melted butter brings out their flavours and makes them all earthy, juicy, toasty and delicious.. also garlic and mushrooms are just OMG divine. Then they are mixed with a silky yet simple sauce and orzo and then the whole dish is baked quickly under a grill until the cheese on top is melted, oozy and creamy. Yes I know it doesn’t sound like the healthiest meal but I use whole wheat pasta and a third of the cheese that is usually used in a meal like this. 

This orzo mushroom casserole is the perfect weeknight dish because it’s warm and comforting and feeds the entire family with no complaints from anyone. BINGO! 

It’s the season of so many wonderful things like sparkles, lights, all things cosy but it is also the season of sniffles and headaches and ear aches and once the kids get it, it is only a matter of time before you get it. Such happy thoughts i know. Loll. Sorry I am just trying to figure out why one of my kids is having so many tantrums today and I think it may be that she is coming down with some thing.

We just returned home after a really rushed walk. Sundays are always so busy in town and I prefer to stay indoors, then go out into the mad rush. I did have to go into town to pick something up but it was an in an out job. My favourite kind. BTW I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Do let me know if you make this delicious dish. Feel free to use a stronger cheese. I chose what I had and also what my kids could handle! Drop me a message or leave a comment below if you make it! 🙂

 

One Pot Mushroom Orzo Bake

Following on from my obsession with one pot meals and orzo, here we have another one pot orzo dish that is loved by all. This one pot mushroom orzo bake is rich, earthy and comforting and the best Autumn/Winter food. 

Course Dinner
Cuisine british, Italian
Servings 4

Ingredients

Mushrooms

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 400 g Button Mushrooms sliced
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed

Orzo

  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 4 clove Garlic crushed
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 3 tbsp Spelt Flour or Plain Flour
  • 350 ml Milk
  • 750 ml Chicken Stock
  • 150 g Orzo
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 200 g Curry Kale Stems removed and chopped
  • 90 g Parmesan grated

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large non stick pan over high heat. Stir in the mushrooms and garlic and cook until the mushrooms are softened. I usually aim for 3 - 4 minutes.  Remove from the pan and set aside. 

  2. In the same pan, add the butter. Turn the heat down slightly and add the garlic and onion. Saute for 5 minutes before stirring in the flour. Cook out for a minute. 

  3. Pour in the milk and stock. Stir in the orzo. Turn the heat up and season.  Cover the pot and bring to a simmer. 

  4. Cook for 8 minutes or until the orzo is cooked. Stir in the kale and cover for 2 more minutes. 

  5. Top with the parmesan and pop under the grill for 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

 

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