Friday, August 24, 2007

Presto Pasta Night #26

We've reached a mini-milestone - Presto Pasta Night has been running for half a year and in that time we've seen mountains of pasta of all description from all corners of the world and each week without fail, Ruth has gathered our goodies and lovingly prepared them for all of us to share. If you are newcomer to this event do head to Ruth's site and check out the round-up archives, it's simply inspiring.

This week I'll be using Orzo

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which I previously used in a soup. This time it's served "asciutto" which means dry as a regular pasta dish.

Orzo with Chicken, Capsicum and Zucchini

Orzo with Chicken, Red Capsicum and Zucchini Ribbons
[Serves 2]

2 large chicken thighs, sliced roughly
1 red onion, sliced finely
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 red capsicum, sliced finely
1 zucchini, sliced into fine ribbons, using a peeler gives the best result

Heat a little olive oil in a pan and sauté the chicken in batches. When the meat has browned, remove it from the pan and set it aside - repeat until all the chicken has cooked.

Add the onion and garlic to the empty pan and over a low heat allow to soften and lightly colour. Add the capsicum slivers and toss well - continue over a low heat until the capsicum has softened. Finally add the zucchini ribbons and when they have wilted return the chicken to the pan.

Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

When the orzo is cooked, drain and add to the chicken mixture along with a little freshly grated Parmigiano - stir the mixture well and serve in bowls with a little extra shaved Parmigiano on top.

Orzo with Chicken, Capsicum and Zucchini

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  1. What a dazzling dish! Thanks so much for being such a great Presto Pasta Night regular. I always look forward to your dishes.

  2. Hello Haalo! My daughter started to eat pasta lately and she just love orzo pasta. Now I can't get her to eat her vegetables a susual...I love orzo pasta in a soup or in a salad. It is my favorite kind of pasta.

  3. This looks like a wonderful dish! I love orzo, and the vegetables in this sound perfect together!

  4. This looks so delicious and satisfying. Orzo is just so fun too!

  5. Thanks Ruth - it's a fun event to be involved in.

    Hi Rose - you'll have to sneak some vegetables underneath the orzo ;)

    Thanks Deborah, it's a great pasta with a lovely texture.

    Thanks Dayna.

  6. Haalo, this looks amazing and Orzo is my favorite pasta. I'll be making this one soon!

  7. Oh what a lovely idea! I'm going to make this with a little leftover smoked chicken for dinner tonight. Looks very comforting

  8. Thanks Sara - hope you enjoy it!

    Thanks Truffle - smoked chicken sounds lovely!


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