I do not prepare Orzo as indicated in the box instructions. My idea for this dish was inspired in the yummy, however, super time consuming Risotto but with a twist.
My Orzotto is budget friendly, done faster and it tastes great. I did not have whole wheat Orzo at home when I prepared this recipe; however, I always try to make it with whole grain or multigrain. Anyway, when you add my simple ingredients combined with sun dried tomatoes and rosemary infused Tilapia, the results and flavors are amazing.
Approximate Prep and Cooking Time: 35 Minutes
Approximate Cost: Under $10.00 (or $2.46/serving)
Serve: 4 (2 pieces of fish/serving)
Ingredients for the Orzotto
1 tbsp. EVOO (.25)
1 cup Orzo (.50)
1 tsp. Granulated garlic
1 cup dried chopped onion
2 1/2 cups of beef or chicken broth ($1.25)
6-7 pieces of sun dried tomato ($1.25)
1/2 cup chopped Cilantro (.25)
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese ($1.25)
Directions for my Orzotto recipe
In a saucepan in medium add oil and roast the Orzo briefly stirring until it reaches a golden color.
Carefully, add the first cup of broth slowly, stir until most of it evaporates.
Add the sun dried tomatoes, a second cup of broth, the chopped cilantro, 1/2 cup of cheese and stir.
Continue to stir until it evaporates a lot.
The final dish is very moist like Risotto, however, not soupy and not dry.
Serve immediately and garnish each plate with more Cilantro and cheese. (see my Hack at the end)
Ingredients for the Tilapia
2 Tilapia filets cut at an angle in 5-6 pieces (@$1.41/filet) (2 filets= $2.83)
2 tbsp. Rosemary infused oil (just add chopped Rosemary to the oil bottle early on) (.75)
1/2 tsp. Granulated garlic
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper
1 lemon (.50)
1 Avocado ($1.00)
Directions for the Tilapia filets
Marinate the fish with the infused oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Set aside for 5 minutes.
In a skillet in med low, add the fish and the marinated oil.
Simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Do not overcook. The fish will look almost white with some transparent areas. Don't worry; it will continue to cook after you remove it from the stove.
To serve, scoop a hefty spoon of Orzotto in the middle of the plate. Add the fish on top. Garnish with lemon and avocado.
HACK: Before starting this recipe, marinate the fish and let it rest in the fridge for about 5 minutes to allow the flavors to work. After 5 minutes, start working on the Orzotto. You will be cooking both almost at the same time, since the fish will simmer in low while you make the Orzotto.
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