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Oct 17, 2021 2 min read

This is a recipe that seems elegant when you serve it, but it is so easy to cook. The orzo and mushrooms make this dish hearty and filling. The creaminess of the sauce is from the brown butter, which you make yourself, and the parmesan cheese. Elevate the flavor profile with some dry white wine or cooking sherry, and dinner is ready!

Using Great Low Carb Pasta - Orzo, you can keep this recipe low-carb, keto, and weight loss-friendly. Each serving of the orzo has only 7 grams of net carbs. It includes 12 grams of dietary fiber, which helps stabilize blood sugar and delay hunger for longer after you eat.

The Great Low Carb Pasta - Orzo has 18 grams of protein. That is more than the amount in a 2-ounce serving of chicken. Together with the cheese and mushrooms, each serving has enough protein. But you can add more - chicken and shrimp both work great. So does a flaky white fish.

This recipe has mushrooms, but you can add more vegetables. Chopped spinach blends in nicely. Asparagus tips are another great option. When serving it, you can add a side salad with olive oil and vinegar to keep it low-carb. Steamed vegetables are also good.

Recipe for Low-Carb Orzo with Brown Butter, Mushrooms, and Parmesan Cheese

Makes 4 servings

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Cook time: 25 minutes 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup of water, plus more if needed
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 6 ounces of mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 package of Great Low Carb Pasta - Orzo
  • ⅓ cup of dry white wine or cooking sherry
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1 to 2 ounces (¼ to ½ cup) of grated parmesan cheese 
  • Optional toppings: sliced almonds or chopped walnuts, sliced green onion or chives, freshly chopped basil leaves, lemon wedges

Instructions:

  1. Heat the low-sodium broth and ¼ cup of water in a saucepan.
  2. Heat the butter in a skillet or frying pan and let it cook until the butter starts to brown, or about 3 minutes. Stir it occasionally. 
  3. Add the mushrooms and let them start to cook. Add the Great Low Carb Pasta  - Orzo and start cook it while stirring often, for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the wine or sherry and let it absorb into the orzo for a minute.
  5. Stir in the hot mixture of broth and water. Cover the pan and let it cook over low heat until the orzo starts to become tender.
  6. Stir in the parmesan cheese and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in additional water if needed to thin out the mixture. Let the orzo cool, covered, for five minutes.
  7. Plate the orzo. Add any additional toppings, such as nuts, onion or chives, a drizzle of olive oil, additional cheese, or lemon wedges. Serve and enjoy!
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