Mr. Food: Orzo Mushroom Bake

December 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
When you unmold this easy-to-make go-along, suddenly your side dish will become the main attraction. Mushrooms and pimientos turn delicate orzo pasta into a mouthwatering favorite they'll ask for again and again!

1 pound orzo pasta
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (4-ounce) can sliced mushrooms or mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 (2-ounce) jar diced pimientos, drained
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 envelopes (from a 2-ounce box) onion soup mix


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook orzo according to package directions; drain. Place in a large bowl, stir in melted butter, then mix in mushrooms, pimientos, scallions, and onion soup mix.
  2. Place mixture in a 10-inch Bundt or tube pan, and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until heated through. Invert onto a serving platter and serve immediately.


SERVING TIP:?Just before serving, fill the center of the ring with a bunch of curly parsley to add some nice color to your table!