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LEMONY ORZOTTO
from "Nicole Routhier's Fruit Cookbook" by Nicole Routhier

When I'm in the mood for risotto but don't want to do all the work, I make it with orzo, a rice-shaped pasta, instead of rice. It takes almost no time to cook, doesn't require any stirring, and emerges every bit as chewy and creamy as the best Arborio rice. In this delightful "orzotto," I coat the pasta in a refreshing, zesty lemon sauce. This simple dish is particularly good for a summer luncheon or a light dinner. Try it!

Yield: 6 First Course or 4 Entrée Servings
 Nicole Routhier's Fruit Cookbook
INGREDIENTS (CLICK TO BUY)

4 3/4 cups chicken broth
4 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup chopped onions
1 1/2 cups dried orzo
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves

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PREPARATION

1. Place 4 1/2 cups of the chicken broth in a medium-size saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and keep the broth at a simmer.
2. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until tender, about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the orzo and stir until the pasta is coated and shiny, about 1 minute.
3. Add the hot chicken broth (be careful – the mixture will splatter violently). Reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer until the pasta is tender but firm to the bite, 8 to 9 minutes. There should still be some liquid in the pan.
4. Just before removing the pan from the heat, whisk the egg yolks with the lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 cup chicken broth in a small bowl. Remove the pan from the heat and stir the egg-lemon mixture into the pasta. Return the pan to the heat and cook, stirring well, for 1minute more.
5. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, the lemon zest, and the remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
6. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide among warmed dinner plates, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve immediately. Pass additional grated Parmesan cheese on the side, if desired.


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 Quantity Ingredients Est.Price
  Imagine Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth - $3.59/ea
 32fl oz
 
  Torrey Farms Jumbo Yellow Onion
This product is currently unavailable.
 
  Ronzoni Orzo
This product is currently unavailable.
 
  Alderfer Eggs Grade A Large Organic Eggs
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  Lemons - $0.89/ea Save! 5 for $4
 
 
Grana Padano - $17.99/lb
 
 
  Italian Parsley - $1.49/ea
 approx. 4oz
 
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  Breakstone's All-Natural Unsalted Butter - $3.99/ea
 2ct, 4oz ea
 
  La Baleine Fine Sea Salt - $4.69/ea
 26.5oz
 
  Just FreshDirect Tellicherry Peppercorns (Refill) - $4.99/ea
 2.1oz
 
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