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Risotto Style Orzo Pasta with Chicken and Sausage

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Orzo (also known as melon seed pasta) is one of my favorite choices for pasta salad. I really like the shape and texture, and it makes for a very interesting cold sidedish. Here, I had the idea of using it for a hot dish in the same way one would use an Arborio rice to make risotto. Instead of boiling the orzo in salted water and draining, I thought it would be interesting to cook it the same way risotto is cooked, by adding small additions of flavorful stock until it’s tender (or al dente if you prefer). I made that flavorful stock by braising chicken and sausage, as you’ll see. This dish is really all over the place; most of the ingredients are kind of Spanish/Portuguese, there are techniques from India and Italy involved, and just to make things even stranger, I use a chili pepper usually found only in Mexican cuisine. But, none of that matters, this dish tastes great and is pretty easy to make. The other good thing is, whoever you serve this to probably hasn’t had it before, so no matter how it comes out you can always say, “yeah, that’s how it’s suppose to be!”
Ingredients
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Directions

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Feel: 
Rich
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Risotto
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Most of us are scared of making risotto cause it requires a lot of precision and technique. This is a delicious, low-maintenance alternative to traditional risotto. This is quick and easy risotto-style dish made with orzo pasta. Chef John combines Spanish and Mexican flavors with cooking techniques from India and Italy. This recipe is ideal for those who are making risotto for the first time.

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Risotto Style Orzo Pasta With Chicken And Sausage Recipe Video