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
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