I thought of this idea a couple of days ago, while I was trying to come up with ideas for a pasta side. I wanted to use a small pasta because that seemed ideal for a side dish, so I decided to use orzo (it looks like rice, only a bit bigger).
I love to use shredded spinach or kale in pasta dishes, so I used kale as well as lemon, pine nuts, and a few other things. The result is a quick, easy, and delicious side dish. Make it tonight!
LEMON ORZO WITH KALE AND PINE NUTS
1 cup orzo
¼ cup chopped onion (I used about a quarter of a medium onion)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
Zest of 1 lemon
1 small bunch kale, shredded (about 4 large handfuls)
Juice of half a lemon
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
Salt and pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Cook the orzo in boiling water in a medium saucepan until al dente, about 5-6 minutes; drain and set aside. In the same saucepan, heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and lemon zest and sauté for a minute. Add the kale, one handful at a time, and stir until it just starts to wilt. Turn off the heat, add the orzo and lemon juice to the kale mixture, season to taste with salt and pepper, and stir well to combine. Top the orzo with pine nuts and freshly grated parmesan cheese.
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg