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Two-Cheese Orzo with Cauliflower

4 to 6 Servings

45 minutes

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This “orzotto” has a creaminess similar to classic risotto thanks to the starchiness of the orzo pasta, but it’s easier and faster to prepare. A combination of melty cheddar cheese and nutty Parmesan lends richness, while cauliflower brings subtly sweet notes and makes the “orzotto” more substantial. Chicken broth can be used in place of the vegetable broth. Herbs other than parsley work nicely, too—chives or dill are particularly good. This is a terrific side to a simple roasted chicken, but it’s also hearty enough to be a meat-free main.

4 to 6



Don’t be shy about stirring after adding the broth. Frequent and brisk stirring helps create an especially creamy consistency. Be sure to also scrape along the bottom of the pot to ensure the mixture isn’t sticking to the bottom.

45 minutes



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Mark N.
October 7, 2023
Orzo cauliflower
Amazing with just a bit of cutting!
Susan S.
September 22, 2023
Great instructions; first time I have ever made anything even slightly resembling a risotto and succeeeded.
Charlotte H.
September 6, 2023
Didn't have a shallot so used an onion instead. It was very tasty!
Nathan W.
August 29, 2023
Wanted to echo the other reviewers who found this to be an excellent dish. It's very easy and quick, pleasantly bright and zesty, and tastes rich and cheesy without an excess of cheese. I served mine with seared chicken sausages to bulk it up a little. If you have a big appetite like I do, you might find the portion a bit slight on its own when divided into four servings. I think it'd be great with a green salad and/or any grilled meat.
Isadora P.
August 27, 2023
I love your Tuesday Night meals - this one was another terrific dish, and definitely is more than 4 servings for me! I added a little cumin to spice things up but wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as written.