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August 17, 2012 by Newsroom Editor

Mediterranean Style Orange Orzo Risotto

August 17, 2012 by Newsroom Editor

Mediterranean Style Orange Orzo Risotto

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small  red bell pepper, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Italian herbs
Salt and pepper, to taste
1½ cups orzo pasta
1½ cups 100% Florida orange juice
1 cup water
2 medium Florida oranges, sectioned, chopped
¼ cup chopped parsley
Crumbled feta cheese for garnish, optional

In sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, onion, bell pepper and garlic. Season with Italian herbs, salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until onions are translucent and vegetables are tender crisp; reserve and keep warm.

In a 3-quart stock pot, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium high heat. Add the orzo and stir to coat. Sauté orzo, stirring constantly, until orzo starts to turn golden brown.  Reduce heat to medium low. Combine orange juice and water; add liquid to orzo ½ cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the ½ cup of liquid is almost absorbed, add another ½ cup of liquid and repeat stirring. Continue adding liquid and stirring orzo until all the liquid has been added. The orzo should be tender, but not mushy, and have a creamy texture. If needed, add another ¼ cup of water. Remove from heat and stir in the vegetable mixture, chopped oranges and parsley; garnish with crumbled feta cheese, if desired.