Here is the delightful side dish that I made the other day to accompany my lemon roasted chicken. I was surprised at how much I loved the flavor in this dish even though I used dried herbs instead of fresh. In the future, I will be making this again with fresh herbs and I will share it with you so you can see the difference.
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried Herbes De Provence
- 1/2 teaspoon Rosemary
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup Orzo pasta, uncooked
- 2 cups chicken broth
Melt butter in a medium saucepan, add onion, herbs, salt, and pepper. Mix together and saute over medium heat until onion is tender. Increase heat to medium high and stir in 1 cup orzo, toast pasta for two minutes until it starts to turn a golden color. Add 2 cups chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat, cover, and cook until orzo is tender. Taste and season with more salt and pepper as needed.
Here are our cast of characters: Salt, pepper, parsley, rosemary, herbes de provence, yellow onion, chicken broth, and orzo pasta. I also forgot to include half a stick of butter in the photo, but you will definitely want to remember to include it in your recipe!
Add your onion, herbs, salt, and pepper to the pan. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any fresh herbs on hand, but dried herbs work just fine. Another wonderful smell: the smell of sauteed onions in butter!
Stir in the chicken broth and bring the whole pot to a simmer, cover and cook until Orzo is tender. Let me be honest, this is the first time I have ever cooked orzo but I find that I really like it! It is a nice change of pace.
Here is the herbed orzo pilaf along with the lemon roasted chicken and a simple side of steamed broccoli and cauliflower. All of the flavors melded together so delicately and deliciously in this easy side dish. As I said before, I want to try this dish again using fresh herbs, but the dried herbs still gave a good flavor. I think this dish would be much prettier with some fresh parsley sprinkled on top. Don’t you think? Even though it looks a little plain, it is a winner.