Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Comforting Tomato and Mint Orzo

Orzo is a tiny rice-shaped variety of pasta, that is easier to cook than rice or arobio rice. You could argue that in some ways it is also easier to digest.
This comforting dish here is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and quite speedy to make. It is healthy and filling meaning its perfect for a mid-week meal.




It is important to use two large saucepans in this recipe as you will move the cooked pasta into the pan with the sauce.

Ingredients


(Serves 2)


  • 200g Orzo Pasta
  • 1 tin (400g) of Tinned Plum Tomatoes
  • 1/2 White Onion
  • 1 Galic Clove (crushed or grated)
  • One Large Stork of  Fresh Mint ( around 12 large leaves)
  • Optional 100g of Spinach or 50g Petit Pois Peas 

Method

  1. Cook the pasta following the pack instructions.
  2. Whilst doing so, heat some olive oil in a saucepan and add the chopped onion. Fry until a little golden and then add the tinned tomatoes.
  3. Finely chop or cut the mint and add half to the onion and tomato mix, along with the grated garlic.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain away its water and add it to the pan with the sauce. 
  5. Add the spinach or petit pois to the pan with the 1/2 of the mint you have left. (If you are using petit pois peas then defrost them and add to the pan) 
  6. Leave to simmer on a medium heat for one minute and then serve into two bowls, sprinkling the remaining mint over the top. 

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