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Orzo with Oyster Mushrooms and Mint

Orzo is ofter cooked as an alternative risotto, only you don’t have to add the water little by little, which is what makes such a recipe so easy (and lazy). It is even prepared in a single pot (that’s a plus there).

Mint and mushrooms make an unexpected combination and this turns out to be so fresh that there is no reason why not try…

Laziness Factor: 1

[where 0 is feeding a seagull and 4 is moving all the penguins to the Arctic circle]


Cooking time: 30 minutes


Ingredients for 4-5 servings:

– 250g orzo

– 200-250g oyster mushrooms

– 1 spring onion, chopped

– 15-20 mint leaves, cut in strips

– 4 Tbsp olive oil

– salt and pepper



Heat the olive oil over high heat and add the chopped spring onion.



The quantity of the fresh mint leaves to use actually depends on your taste, but 15-20 leaves will do.



Clean the mushrooms (preferably with a moist piece of kitchen paper) and slice thickly.



When the white part of the spring onion starts turning clear, add the mushrooms, salt and pepper.



In 3 minutes, add the chopped mint leaves. Meanwhile, start boiling a liter of water.



Just in half a minute add the orzo and stir. By adding the orzo into the oil before it boils, you add up to its taste because it takes some of the aroma of everything that’s added so far.



Add about 750 ml of boiling water, lower the heat, close the pot lid and let cook for 15-20 minutes.



During the boiling time, if you see that the food is out of water, add some – boiling hot only.



Serve with some freshly ground pepper or cheese. Bon appetit!


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