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Orzo Milanese

Deliciously seasoned with saffron, this vegan pasta recipe is a yummy side dish that you can serve all year round. As a bonus, the vegan meal’s colorful array of finely chopped vegetables and minimal need for fat transforms an often high-calorie dish into a scrumptiously healthy vegan recipe.
Deliciously seasoned with saffron, this vegan pasta recipe is a yummy side dish that you can serve all year round. As a bonus, the vegan meal’s colorful array of finely chopped vegetables and minimal need for fat transforms an often high-calorie dish into a scrumptiously healthy vegan recipe.

Orzo Milanese

Serves 8

Ingredients:

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  • Pinch of saffron threads
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  • 1/2 cup very warm water
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
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  • 1 cup chopped red onion
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  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
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  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
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  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
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  • 1 cup orzo
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  • 1 cup vegetable broth
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  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
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  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

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  1. In a small bowl, stir together saffron and water. Set aside.
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  3. Heat oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery and bell pepper, stirring to combine.
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  5. Cook vegetables, stirring often, until vegetables are tender. Stir in orzo, broth, and saffron water.
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  7. Bring to a boil and cover with a lid. Reduce heat to low and cook for 25 to 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
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  9. Stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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