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creamy zucchini kale orzo

In brunch, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, ethnic food, leftovers, lunch, side dishes, vegetarian on 05.13.11 at 5:16 pm

frozen dinner? kinda, sorta, not really.

so after a few days on-the-road eating mediocre airport food and so-so standard hotel fare, sometimes all you crave is a good homecooked meal. that was just the ticket when i got home from a recent trip — tummy growling and staring at an almost-but-not-quite-empty fridge. hmmm, what to do, what to do… since pickled ginger and dijon mustard do not equal a meal, i had to smile when i remembered that leftover soup that i decided to freeze after a homemade soup-making extravaganza a few weeks ago. even better when i realized that the once-frozen-now-thawed soup is just as yummy as it was the day i cooked it from scratch. score!

dinner was a bit of a gamble anyways, because it was the first time i’d ever cooked orzo and i was a little unsure of the water:orzo ratio. (thanks to my fab friend marylynn who gave me a big bag of orzo after cleaning out her pantry before moving day… hooray for orzo, boo to moving away.)

the orzo:
– boil 4 cups water in large pot
– add 1.5 cups uncooked orzo to boiling water
– cook for approx 10-12 minutes until orzo is plump & tender (do not overcook)
– drain well and rinse off starchy water. set orzo aside.

– thaw frozen zucchini kale soup for a few hours on the kitchen counter, or overnight in the fridge (see previous yumyumyummers recipe for zucchini kale soup.)


– heat up large saucepan on stove at medium heat
– add zucchini kale soup to pan & simmer for a few min until heated evenly
– add generous helping of orzo to pan. reserve remaining orzo for another recipe.
– fold orzo into zucchini kale soup until fully incorporated


food styling:
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– garnish w/ roasted squash seeds or crushed almonds

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  1. Glad someone else thinks one of the great things about coming home after traveling is getting back in one’s kitchen!

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  2. This sounds fabulous. My hubby travels a lot and all he wants when he gets back is a home-cooked meal after having to eat hotel food.
    :-) Mandy

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  3. thanks for the shoutout M! I will be moving closer to you for a few months at least so I look forward to many dinners courtesy of you! ;)

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