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This is a lovely little side dish. You can throw it together in less than 15 minutes. Better yet, the leftovers are tasty. Perfect for a work/school night.

Mushroom Orzo

  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 8 pearl onions
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • garlic powder to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley

Melt 1/2 the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onions, and cook until golden brown. Mix in orzo, mushrooms, and remaining butter. Cook and stir 5 minutes, until butter is melted and mushrooms are tender.

Pour water and wine into the skillet, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook 7 to 10 minutes, until orzo is al dente. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and parsley to serve.