Everything But The Kitchen Sink Dinner

I found a new way to cook pasta. Well, it's new to me. Plenty of folks cook lasagna noodles in the casserole, not before. Why not cook orzo hamburger helper style?!

I didn't have hamburger, but ground pork works just as well. Then I scavenged from fridge and pantry. It's got no country of origin or farm to table status, but darn if this isn't a good dish on y et another cool, rainy spring night.


1 pound-ish ground pork

Veg oil

Large onion, chopped

1 can chopped or cherry tomatoes, 14 oz

1 can or jar white beans, rinsed, 14 oz

3/4 cup orzo

2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon coriander

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Any leftover cooked veggies – I had roasted peppers and portabellas from the weekend BBQ. Corn and squash would work too.

In large pan brown meat. Remove from pan. Add a 2 teaspoons oil and chopped onion. Soften 5 minutes and add spices. Toss for a minute. Add to beans, tomatoes, pork & 2 cans of water. Bring to boil. Add orzo, stirring. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add leftover veg. Heat 2-3 minutes.

Your choice – fork or spoon. B

Published by Betsy Karetnick

Dynamic lifestyle broadcaster, journalist, and media expert. Brand builder. Innovator. Producer. Experienced in business development and all aspects of media. Extensive experience on a national platform attracting and retaining an audience by mixing entertainment and education on lifestyle issues including cooking, cleaning, crafting, organizing, personal finance and dining out. Owner and operator of The Portable Garden, northern New Jersey's premier source for exclusive custom event design, special event flowers, container gardens and small scale landscape installations.

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