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Toasted Orzo with Saffron and Fennel Recipe

Looking for an easy Toasted Orzo with Saffron and Fennel recipe? Learn how to make Toasted Orzo with Saffron and Fennel using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by settingshadow

Makes 4 servings



From Epicurious: "Because of its shape, orzo can do nearly anything rice can do, and if you're a pasta lover, you might say orzo does it better. Saffron and fennel are two characteristic flavors in many Mediterranean dishes."

Recipe Ingredients for Toasted Orzo with Saffron and Fennel

1/4 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads
1 tablespoon boiling-hot water plus 2 cups water, divided
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cups orzo (9 ounces)
1 cup + 2 tbsps chopped fennel (1 cup from 1 small bulb, 2 tbsps of fronds)

Recipe Directions for Toasted Orzo with Saffron and Fennel

  1. Soften saffron in 1 tablespoon hot water and set aside.

  2. Cook onion in oil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add orzo and toast, stirring frequently, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.

  3. Stir in saffron mixture, remaining 2 cups water, and 1 teaspoon salt and simmer, covered, until orzo is just tender and liquid is absorbed, about 12 minutes.

  4. Sprinkle fennel bulb over orzo and let stand, covered, off heat 5 minutes. Stir fennel bulb into orzo, then serve sprinkled with fennel fronds.

Categories

Side Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 67.6g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
151
Calories from Fat
65
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
7.2g
11%
Saturated Fat
0.9g
4%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
12mg
1%
Potassium
112mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates
18.7g
6%
Dietary Fiber
0.9g
4%
Sugars
0.6g
Protein
3.1g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
C-
  Good points
  • No cholesterol
  • Very low in sodium
  • Low in sugar
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