Today, I'm featuring a quick and easy pasta dinner that is packed with vegetables and a touch of cream -- allowing you to indulge without over-indulging.  

Vegetable Orzo Alfredo
Total Time: 30 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

What you'll need
1/2 cup uncooked orzo
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 sweet onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 zucchini, shredded
1/4 cup milk
2 ounces cream cheese, cubed
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
salt and pepper to taste
grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Cook orzo according to package directions.
2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, bell pepper and garlic; cook 2 minutes. 
3. Stir in zucchini; cook 10 minutes or until some of the moisture has evaporated.
4. Pour milk into the skillet; stir in cream cheese until melted. Mix in basil and tomatoes.
5. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. 
6. Serve over the cooked orzo.  Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from

Teresa Taylor
01/20/2013 14:15

very good. I kept wanting to have the taste of bacon with this. Next time I think I will add some bacon on top of the ensemble and see how it was very good.


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