I told him I would be in charge of lunch today so I knew I had to go through my trusty list of food blogger and find something that was easy, delicious and could travel well. I love Iowa Girl Eats and all of her no fuss recipes. Her food is to the point, healthy and very tasty! I would definitely recommend everyone stop by her blog, you wont be disappointed.
I found her Cheesy Broccoli Orzo recipe and new it would be a hit.
Cheesy Broccoli Orzo
1 cup orzo
1-1/2 cups chopped broccoli florets
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon butter
1/4-1/2 cup 2% milk
Add orzo to a large pot of salted boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes then add chopped broccoli and cook for 2 more minutes, or until orzo is tender. Drain well (broccoli florets are notorious for holding onto water) then return to the pot. Add cheeses, butter, and 1/4 cup milk then stir well and add more milk if needed. Season with salt to taste.
With all the ingredients waiting for me at home, I was excited to dash out of the office and get to it. All the photo's are courtesy of Iowa Girl Eat's post regarding her cheesy broccoli orzo. She is a much better food photographer than I ever hope I can be. I often find that the more pictures a recipe has the easier it is for me NOT to mess up.
Once the water comes to a boil, I added a little bit of salt to the water and added a cup and a half of the orzo pasta. Next time, I plan to add a lot more orzo since, my dad and Luis gobbled down all the left overs really quickly!
After the orzo has been cooking for a little while, add as much broccoli as you want. the recipe calls for a cup and a half but I added a lot more. I also made sure to cut the broccoli into smaller pieces since I was afraid the broccoli would be too big compared to the tiny pasta.
After i drained the pasta and broccoli mixture, I returned it to the pan to add the final ingredient.
Unfortunately, I didn't have 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, so I added more grated sharp Cheddar. stir everything well to make sure all ingredients are well incorporated and add seasoning to taste.
Disclaimer: this recipe, pictures and idea all below to the Iowa Girl Eats blog. All credit is given to her.