Orzo pasta is not only easy to prepare but very versatile. It can be prepared ahead of time. Enjoyed at room temperature or hot. Any sauce is just perfect with it.
In this recipe, the basil butter gives the pasta a great flavor. The garlic has just a small hint and with the lemon zest, all the flavors blend well.
FOR BASIL BUTTER
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons fresh basil leaves
1 garlic clove, grated
zest of a whole lemon
FOR ORZO PASTA
2 cups orzo pasta cooked in boiling salted water to al dente
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup bell peppers cut into strips
1/2 cup assorted olives – preferably pitted under oil
1/2 cup parsley chopped
1 cup arugula salad
1 In the food processor combine all the basil butter ingredients and pulse until blended and the basil is well chopped and integrated into the butter.
2 Toss the cooked orzo with ½ to ¾ of the basil butter, depending on how buttery you like it. Add the remaining ingredients and garnish with arugula.
3 Serve hot or room temperature.
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