Lemon Porcini Orzo
This simple side dish harnesses the flavors of browned butter, lemon, and wild porcini mushrooms to make orzo exciting.
Ingredients: (Makes About 3 Cups)
1 cup Orzo Pasta (we used Rainbow Orzo)
¾ tsp Porcini Powder (or grind your own – How to Grind Porcini Powder)
1 ½ tsp Lemon Zest, finely grated or minced
4 tbsp Unsalted Butter
½ large clove of Garlic, minced
Lemon Juice, Salt & Pepper to Taste
1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and stir in the orzo. Cook until al dente (approximately 8-10 minutes). Drain.
2. (Start while the orzo is cooking) Melt the butter in a large saucepan or skillet and cook it until it starts to brown. Add the garlic and sweat it (reducing heat if necessary) until it is aromatic and softens.
3. Add the porcini powder and lemon zest, continue to cook briefly.
4. Drain the water from the orzo and toss it in the melted butter. Taste & season with salt, pepper, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.