This can serve as a one-dish meal. I'm posting for Zaar World Tour. The recipe is from a Moosewood cookbook.
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 -3 carrots, diced (about 2 cups)
- 1 bell pepper, chopped (red or green)
- 1 cup orzo pasta
- 1 zucchini, diced (6 inches long)
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced or 1 teaspoon dried mint
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced or 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh marjoram (sprinkle of dried)
- 15 ounces cannellini, drained
- 14 ounces Italian-style stewed tomatoes
- salt and pepper
- Cook the orzo according to package directions until al dente (about 8 minutes in boiling water), and drain. Stir in 1 Tbsp olive oil.
- Sauté the garlic and onions in 2 Tbsp oil in large skillet.
- Add the carrots and bell peppers to the onions and stir.
- Stir the diced zucchini into the skillet of vegetables.
- Add the mint, dill and marjoram.
- Gently stir in the beans and tomatoes.
- Simmer for several minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When the beans and vegetables are hot, add the orzo.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
This was absolutely delicious! My only complaint was that for me, there was not enough tomato flavor. Next time I make this, I'll probably use a 28oz can of diced tomatoes. Oh, I also didn't have mint, and used dried herbs and I thought it turned out very well. My non-vegan friends thought it was great as well. This would work well as a main dish or a side dish.
I added mushrooms, reduced the amount of other veggies & added another half a can of tomatoes. Very quick & easy!
I'm honestly not sure why, but when my bf and I made this it just seemed a little bland. It's possible I did something wrong but I followed the directions. It was a bit better the next day when I reheated it.