Monday, June 15, 2009

Orzo with Tomatoes

I’m always on the lookout for easy side dishes that are out of the ordinary. This came from a desire for something Italian that wasn’t the same old spaghetti marinara. And it was a way to incorporate some of the basil growing on my windowsill.

Orzo with Tomatoes

1 cup orzo pasta
½ small onion
3-4 cloves garlic
1 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
Chopped basil, to taste

Boil pasta until al dente. As the pasta cooks, combine the flour and oil to make a roux over medium heat. Grate the onion and garlic into the roux and cook for 2-3 minutes until fully incorporated and beginning to cook through. (Alternately, add finely chopped onion and garlic to the roux and cook for a bit.) Stir in the tomatoes and cook until the sauce thickens (5-8 minutes). Add the drained pasta and basil and toss together. Top with grated cheese as desired.

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