Pesto Provencale Orzo Pilaf-2nd Prize!


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 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.

4 responses

  1. This I will definitely try! Sounds great!

  2. That sounds really good I’ll have to try it. Think it will matter much if I have to leave out the pecans? (son has a nut allergy) Oh I wanted to let you know my cats name is Tiger, and he’s quite a character. Thinks he’s human sometimes. You’ll have to tell Mitz thanks for the ‘paws up’ 😀

  3. Hi there Mandy, This salad/main dish IS delicious. The pecans added a bit of crunch but it would definitely still be good without them. Do you have another option for nuts that you might like, I’m thinking toasted sunflower seeds perhaps?

    Tiger is a hoot, what a HAM in that photo (Note to cat-lovers…check out Mandy’s great blog for a candid feline photo), and a real cutie too…did he get a chance to check out Mitzi’s post(s)…I think it could be love at first cyber-site!!!!! Meooooow from the Mitz and BFN, G 🙂

  4. I made this recipe too. It was easy and delicious!

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