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An easy orzo pasta dinner meal that can include any of your favorite vegetables.
1. Chop vegetables (carrot, red pepper, onion) and garlic and set aside. Substitute vegetables to taste—brocolli, green beans, etc, would be good.
2. Melt butter in large saucepan and add orzo pasta on medium high heat. Cook and stir occassionally till pasta is lightly browned.
3. Add beef broth to pasta and bring to boil. Add half of the thyme and a bit of salt and pepper to the pasta. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for approximately 20 minutes, till liquid is reduced. Stir occassionally.
4. While pasta is cooking, use a frying pan to brown ground beef with a bit of salt and pepper. Drain and set aside.
5. Use the same frying pan to brown onion, red pepper and carrot with olive oil. Cook on low heat to soften and cook without burning.
6. When pasta is nearly done, add garlic and ground beef back to the vegetables to heat through. Add Worcestershire sauce to the pasta and stir.
7. Add the pasta to the vegetable and beef mix and stir to combine. Add parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. Stir and serve.
The texture is absolutely perfect, creamy and rich. You should start with 1/2 cup of cheese and go from there. If you want it cheesier and richer like me, then you can and should add 1/4 cup more. This is one of those recipes I have pinned to my fridge so that I have it close in those lazy single moments haha.
Have 30 minutes? Then you can definitely make this crazy good recipe using everyday ingredients.
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