This recipe makes quite a bit. Everyone I've prepared it for loves it. You can easily cut the recipe in half.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place walnuts on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until they release their aroma. Stir once or twice for even toasting.

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  • Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onion and mushrooms until tender and golden brown.

  • Pour in broth, and bring to a boil. Stir in orzo, reduce heat to low, and cover. Simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. If after 15 minutes there is still liquid, remove cover, and cook until liquid is gone. Remove from heat, and stir in walnuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

290 calories; protein 9.5g 19% DV; carbohydrates 43.2g 14% DV; fat 9.5g 15% DV; cholesterol 2.5mg 1% DV; sodium 485.5mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2006
Super. Not for everyone howerver Bu wasn't enthused. This recipe has a scent of bitter flavor and may not be something that kids or picky adults would go for. If you like walnuts then I'm sure you'll appreciate this. I used the exact ingredients it called for and it came out great. Read More
(55)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/16/2008
Evident that this would be flat in flavor if prepared exactly as written I added white wine minced garlic and fresh thyme and parsley. I also used a specialty orzo and substituted pecans for the walnuts. All and all this was an acceptable "supporting role" side dish. Read More
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143 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 70
  • 4 star values: 52
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2006
Super. Not for everyone howerver Bu wasn't enthused. This recipe has a scent of bitter flavor and may not be something that kids or picky adults would go for. If you like walnuts then I'm sure you'll appreciate this. I used the exact ingredients it called for and it came out great. Read More
(55)
Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2006
I'm into Toasted Orzo so add the orzo just as onions and mushrooms are finishing when orzo is lightly browned add the broth. When the broth is absorbed add 1/4 cup grated parmesan and serve! Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2005
I have made this a few times now and keep tweaking it as I can't ever leave well enough alone. If I can find it I use a package of mixed mushrooms (porcini bella oyster etc) that I found in my grocery store. I also add some sauteed spinach minced garlic and sherry to it to give it some zip. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2003
I made the recipe as written and it made a ton. I will definitely cut the recipe in half next time. I'll also omit the walnuts. They did not compliment the dish at all and stood out oddly among the ingredients texture and flavor-wise. Also I'll turn the heat down while cooking the onions and mushrooms. The "medium-high" heat was a bit too hot and my dish ended up with a slightly scorched flavor because of it. With these adjustments it will be a delicious side dish. Read More
(32)
Rating: 3 stars
10/15/2008
Evident that this would be flat in flavor if prepared exactly as written I added white wine minced garlic and fresh thyme and parsley. I also used a specialty orzo and substituted pecans for the walnuts. All and all this was an acceptable "supporting role" side dish. Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2006
Very good recipe -- easy and impressive to make. The texture and flavor turned out a lot like risotto without a lot of stirring. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2006
I was extremely pleased with this recipe. My entire family enjoyed--even my 7 and 2 year old who are really picky. I may add a little bouillon next time to increase the flavor. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/25/2005
I followed the recipe exactly and found this to be extremely bland. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
11/15/2005
Thanks for the recipe...or atleast the guideline! Unfortunately I didn't have walnuts (they sounded like they would have been delicious in this recipe)...so I did some alterations to kick it up a bit! Added a stalk of celery with the onion and mushrooms as well as 2 cloves of garlic and a 1/4 red pepper for color. When it was done I found it a touch bland (wish I would have had those walnuts) so when I found some feta cheese in the fridge decided to toss that in (about 1/4 cup)...that really did flavor it nicely! All in all a nice dish (even with my alterations). Read More
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