The other night I really felt like cooking, but didn't know when Jon would be getting home. I went in search of an idea for a dinner that could wait, like a casserole, and started by asking the girls on a cooking board I frequent.
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 pound orzo pasta
- Chorizo; I used 2 links, each was about 6 inches long.
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
- 1 cup white wine, I used a dry Chardonnay
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 c shredded cheeses - I used a mix of mozzarella, Parmesan, and asiago
- More Parmesan cheese, for the topping, about 1/4 c
- 6 oz fresh spinach, roughly chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13-inch baking dish.
- Bring the chicken broth to a boil over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan. Add the orzo and cook until almost tender, about 7 minutes. Pour the orzo and the broth into a large bowl. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet.
- Crumble the chorizo into the pan and cook until browned, about 8 minutes
- Add the onions and garlic, saute 3 minutes
- Add the mushrooms, saute 2 minutes
- Add the wine, stirring to scrape up all the brown bits. Let simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
- Add the sausage mixture to the orzo in the large bowl. Stir.
- Add the cheeses, stir
- Pour in the cream and stir to combine everything
- Pour the mixture into your buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
- Bake uncovered until golden, about 25 minutes. I turned on the broiler for the last minute or two.
These flavors all worked perfectly together. This dish was creamy and comforting, with just a touch of heat from the chorizo. And it served almost 10... we ate it 3 times, my mom had lunch, and my parents had dinner the next night!
I would love to make a large batch of this for a party. I would prepare everything up until before I added the cream. The cream could be stirred in before baking.