Sunday, August 10, 2008

Orzo Pasta Salad

Last weekend my girlfriends came from Seattle to spend a day at the farm. I made an easy dinner of shrimp on the barbie, orzo pasta salad and some grilled garden veggies. My friend Di, who loves the party barn, asked if we could have dinner out there...of course, I enjoy a summer evening in the party barn just as much as the next gal.
The orzo salad was a new recipe that I found on, we all decided it was a keeper recipe. I took the leftovers on my glamping trip this week and my sister and niece liked it too, those two are my favorite recipe testers. It's been a while since I posted a recipe and I figured this would be a good one to share.

Orzo With Everything
1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
1/3 cup (packed) chopped drained oil packed sun dried tomatoes
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar - I used about half that amount, that was plenty
1/4 cup (packed) chopped Kalamata olives or other brine cured black olives
1 cup finely chopped radicchio - I skipped this ingredient
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup fresh Parmesan - I used feta instead
2 cloves minced fresh garlic, I used my mortal and pestle and ground it with a little salt
salt and pepper to taste

Cook orzo pasta according to directions on package, next time I'll cook it in chicken broth - I was out and didn't feel like running to the store. When orzo is cool add the rest of the ingredients.

optional ingredients: chopped marinated artichoke hearts (I added a small jar), chopped scallions, cherry tomatoes, chopped red bell pepper, substitute arugula for basil. is one of my favorite sites when I want to do recipe research. The part of the site that I really like is the reader recipe reviews, if you want to print a recipe you have the option of printing the reader reviews you like along with the recipe.


Deborah Godin said...

Another beautiful table! You should know I am entertaining vicariously through your blog...I've moved into a very cute cottage-y place, but also a little on the small side. My double-dropleaf Ikea table sits quite a few, but is too narrow to really rock out with decor, barely room for bread/butter plates! So I really enjoy your posts, like your take a Trivial Pursuits, too.

quilly said...

Sounds tasty. Of course, if I eat this with OC (And no other company) I will have to watch while it rains olives. If I serve it with company present he'll eat them and gripe later.

I am NOT up to your entertaining caliber. When the time comes for me to put on the glamor (it will, OC has been made associate prof), I'll be calling you.

Robert said...

What a nice looking table you make. Sounds like it was a good time.

Carletta said...

A beautiful table setting as always!
The salad sounds delicious.
You always 'do it up' - how lovely for your guests.

Lori said...

I love Epicurious too. Its such a great site. That Orzo salad sounds really good.

You have such an eye for beauty!

theSNAPsisters said...

I love those napkins-such cute fabric!