Walnut Orzo Pilaf

Next time you prepare orzo, take it in a new direction with thyme, cranberries, pecans, and green onions. Thyme is not my favorite herb, so I reduce the amount I add, and I enjoy this dish. This is a quick and simple dish great for busy weeknights, or a dish you could serve to guests that will impress. Enjoy!

1/4 C. unsalted butter
1 C. diced red onion
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme (about 3 tsp. dried)
1/2 tsp, kosher salt
1 C. uncooked orzo pasta
1/2 C. chopped dried cranberries
2 C. vegetable or chicken stock
1/2 C. chopped toasted pecans
1/4 C. chopped green onion

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, thyme, and salt; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in orzo and cranberries; cook for 2 minutes.

Stir in broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Gently stir in pecans and green onion. Serve immediately.

Yields: 4 to 6 servings

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