Pasta salads are rather typical at Minnesota potlucks. Especially the ones of the Suddenly Salad variety. This simple and delicious orzo pilaf is a modern twist on the dull pasta side. It will fit in nicely alongside the hotdishes and cheese platters.
Course: Side Dish
1/2cup chopped onion
2cups broccoli florets
1/2cup shredded carrot
In a large saucepan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onion then cook until onion is tender, stirring sometimes. This should take about 5 minutes.
Add a bit more oil if it seems dry, then add the orzo. Cook for a couple of minutes until orzo is light brown. Make sure you stir, that pasta will stick.
Stir in broth, marjoram, and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 12 minutes.
Stir in the broccoli and shredded carrot. Return to simmer and cover. Let the veggies steam for 3 or 4 minutes (or until the orzo is tender).
Remove pan from heat and let stand (with the cover on) for around 5 minutes. Stir and serve