Parmesan Orzo w/Brussel Sprouts & Cranberries

Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries.

super easy to make Parmesan Orzo with Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries! A great winter side dish.This time of year I pretty much add nuts and cranberries to almost any dish I make. I combined simple orzo pasta with some of my favorite ingredients helping to create an incredibly flavorful and easy dish you can add to your holiday table. Cheesy Parmesan Orzo with Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries. Super easy winter side dish.Parmesan Orzo with Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries. Super easy and delicious winter side dish.

Parmesan Orzo w/Brussel Sprouts & Cranberries
Serves 6
A super easy and creamy winter side dish.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. dry orzo pasta
  2. 1 small package brussel sprouts
  3. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  5. 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  6. 1/4 cup chicken stock
  7. 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  8. 1/2 cup shelled walnuts, roasted
  9. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook orzo pasta according to package directions. Meantime, shred the brussels sprouts in a food processor until it resembles coarse pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat and add the brussels sprouts. Cook stirring occasionally until slightly browned around edges, about 5 minutes then add the garlic. Continue to cook and add the dried cranberries, chicken stock and season with salt and pepper. Turn off heat and cover.
  3. Drain the orzo pasta and place in a large bowl. Add the brussels sprouts mixture along with the parmesan cheese. Season again if necessary.
  4. Roast the walnuts by placing in a small pan over medium heat. Cook until fragrant and slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to touch and roughly chop. Garnish the pasta dish with the walnuts.
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Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries. I usually make orzo pasta as a salad during the summer but this time I wanted to bring it to the winter dinner table. I accomplished that by adding simple winter veggies, fruits and nuts. If you’re not a fan of brussels sprouts don’t fret because by shredding it and cooking it with garlic it really reduces it’s cabbagey flavor. Of course you can always opt for spinach, I just prefer crunchy over soggy. The walnuts heightens the nutty flavor in the parmesan cheese and the slightly sweet and tart cranberry adds a touch of punch. This dish is great by itself and perfect as a side dish. Enjoy!

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