Easy Caprese Orzo Risotto

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PREP TIME

10 min

TOTAL TIME

25 min

Makes

4 adult servings

Easy Caprese Orzo Risotto

The teeny rice-shaped pasta in this yummy orzo risotto is fun for kids to eat and packed with energy-boosting carbs.


Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 plum tomato , finley chopped
  • 1 cup pearl bocconcini
  • 3/4 cup chopped basil

Instructions

  • Heat a large saucepan over medium. Add oil, then orzo and garlic. Cook for 1 min. Pour in broth, tomato juice and water. Cook, stirring often, until orzo has absorbed most of the liquid, 10 to 12 min. Risotto should be slightly saucy but not soupy.
  • Stir in Parmesan and tomato. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in pearl bocconcini and basil just before serving.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 475,
  • Protein
  • 24 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 55 g,
  • Fat
  • 18 g,
  • Fibre
  • 3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 550 mg.

Tip

For an extra boost of nutrition, stir in 1 cup of chopped spinach just before serving.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent November 2014 issue, this recipe has a triple-tested guarantee from the Chatelaine Kitchen powered by GE.