Another delicious winning entry from the 2006 NJFV Recipe Contest. Elaine Sweet of Texas was awarded Second Prize for her unique and flavorful Salad recipe: Pesto Provencale Orzo Pilaf. Elaine will receive a $25 Amazon.com certificate and 2 signed copies of Not Just for Vegetarians, as her prize.
This was another recipe entry that really shined! Joe and I enjoyed it as a side salad AND also a light main dish . It tasted equally good, warm or chilled. Visually appealing, a unique blend of flavors and textures that worked great together. Measurements were very accurate; preparation quick and easy.
I really love orzo and in this dish it was perfect. Definitely a keeper! Hope you will try Elaine's excellent recipe too …..enjoy!
Pesto Provencale Orzo Pilaf
1 zucchini, cut into matchsticks
½ cup shredded carrot
½ cup diced red bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (6 oz) jar marinated quartered artichoke hearts in its liquid
1 large beefsteak tomato, chopped
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup dried orzo
1 cup canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp prepared pesto
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp lemon zest
In saucepan combine zucchini, carrot, red bell pepper, garlic and artichoke hearts and cook and stir for 3 minutes.
Add tomatoes, broth and orzo, cook and stir occasionally over medium low heat for 10 minutes. Stir in beans, pesto, vinegar and pecans, cook and stir for 1 minute. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. At serving time, garnish with fresh parsley and lemon zest and serve.