June 19, 2008

What to do with Leftover Orzo

When I made the Orzo with Toasted Corn and Scallions the other night, I made a bit too much orzo and just set it aside to deal with another night. So, now I had about 1 cup of cooked orzo with a little bit of EVOO on it and needed to make something out of it. After going through my vegetable bins, I came up with 2 medium zucchini, 1 Vidalia onion and an 8 ounce package of white button mushrooms. Since we were grilling that night, I figured I'd just cut up all those veggies and toss with some EVOO and grill them up. Once they were grilled, I tossed with the orzo to warm it up and then added about 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan to it. Now, by the time dinner was ready - My Husband was making the wraps that were warmed on the grill - the orzo and veggies were a bit more like room temperature. I think it would have been better hot. I also ended up adding a bit of Pasta Sprinkle from Penzey's when I took it for lunch the next day.

While I was not in love with this dish, I think I can improve on it. I think next time, I would saute the veggies rather than grilling them. I would also add more seasonings to it while cooking them. And, once the tomato scare is over, I think perhaps toss in some halved cherry tomatoes at the end to lightly saute with the veggies. I'm just happy I didn't end up throwing out perfectly good orzo and I managed to get a side dish and a lunch out of it as well. Not bad in the end.

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I'm submitting this to Ruth over at Once Upon a Feast - Every Kitchen Tells it's Stories for Presto Pasta Nights. The round-up is posted every Friday, so there's plenty of time to share your pasta creation this week. Be sure to check in to see what other Food Bloggers made and you might just find a new favorite as well.

11 comments:

That Girl said...

I love leftover recipes!

Ruth Daniels said...

I agree. There are just so many different variations you can come up with. Thanks for sharing this one with Presto Pasta Night.

Prudy said...

I love leftover recipes, too. It's such a bonus on a busy night. The orzo and veggies look wonderful!

Jeena said...

Mmm this looks lovely what a great way to use up good food. :-)

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

This is a great idea, except for one thing. We never have leftover pasta at my house! No matter how much I make, it gets eaten! ;)

I love orzo too. I use it instead of rice whenever I can.

Kevin said...

Grilled vegetable pasta sounds simple and tasty.

Dhanggit said...

i love left over recipes too!! sometimes they they are even tastier from the previous dish :-)i'll bookmark this recipe

btw, thanks for your kind words about recipe muncher :-)

Steph said...

I love orzo! I don't make it very often, but this would be a very nice recipe to try! Thanks!

Jenny said...

Sounds great Patsy! This recipe is right up my alley!

FJK said...

Left overs rule at our house!
I like to cook once and eat twice (at least)!

Sorry your first try wasn't how you imagined it would turn out -- but that happens sometimes -- but the dish sure sounded good "on paper."

Patsyk said...

I don't usually have leftover pasta either! I'll have to take another go at this one to try to improve it.

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