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Orzo with Red Cherries & Basil

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Description

A simple, pretty summer salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Orzo (a Rice-shaped Pasta)
  • ¼ cups Olive Oil
  • ¼ cups Balsamic Vinegar , Plus More To Taste
  • ½ pounds Red Cherries
  • 2 ounces, weight Basil To Yield 1/2 Cup Chopped
  • ⅓ cups Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
  • ¼ cups Pine Nuts
  • Salta And Pepper

Preparation

This summery pasta salad can be made in advance and pairs well with grilled pork, chicken or salmon. Adapted from Bon Appetit.

1. Cook the orzo according to package directions. Drain well and place in a heat-proof bowl. Stir in the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, stir well and allow to cool. Cover and place in the refrigerator until chilled.

2. Pit the cherries and cut into sixths. Remove basil leaves from stems and chop.

3. Right before serving, toss the chilled orzo with the cherries, basil, cheese and pine nuts. Season to taste with salt and pepper and additional vinegar if desired.

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