one pot creamy orzo with mushrooms

One-Pot Creamy Orzo with Mushrooms

Make busy weeknights or entertaining easy with this creamy one-pot orzo dish. Use chopped swiss chard or fresh baby spinach, either work great. And for those who are lactose sensitive, try using whole lactose-free milk. Try topping with sauteed shrimp or grilled chicken for added protein.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 12 cup shallot, chopped
  • 16 ounces sliced baby bella mushrooms, or other variety
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 12 teaspoon pepper
  • 16 ounces orzo
  • 4 cups swiss chard, chopped
  • 1 12 cups grated parmesan cheese, divided


In large shallow straight-sided pan, such as cast iron 3.5 or 4-quart braiser, over medium heat melt butter and sauté shallots just until tender. Add mushrooms. Sauté just until tender. Add milk, vegetable stock, seasonings, orzo and swiss chard ensuring pasta is completely covered by liquid. Bring to a low boil; and cook until the pasta is al dente and liquid has nearly evaporated, about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of parmesan cheese until well combined. Serve from cooking pan or divide evenly among serving bowls and garnish with remaining cheese.


Ease: Easy

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