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

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


  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


  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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