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Friday, November 16, 2007

Orzo w/ Chicken and Asiago Cheese

This is one of my favorite pasta recipes, I have been cooking this forever it seems. Orzo is that little pasta that looks like rice, I have actually accidentally used it before in a risotto recipe. This is a simple recipe that will have your friends and family thinking you worked really hard prepare.

Orzo w/Chicken and Asiago Cheese

1 cup water
1 can fat-free chicken broth
12 oz. skinless-boneless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
1 1/4 cups uncooked orzo
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese, divided
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dry thyme
1/8 tsp. black pepper
pinch crushed red pepper

Combine water and broth in Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Add chicken and pasta; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 12 minutes. Stir, remove from heat. Stir in peas, 1/4 cup of cheese and the rest of the ingredients. Serve topped with remaining cheese.

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