Baked Orzo with Duxelles & Sautéed Mushrooms

This hearty baked orzo recipe is incredibly satisfying on a crisp day.

2 cups orzo pasta
4 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4½ cups F&L chicken stock
½ cup combined freshly-chopped parsley, thyme and rosemary
½ cup F&L duxelles
½ cup Grana-style cheese, grated
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
2 cups baby Shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and sautéed in 1 tablespoon butter

1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add in the onions and garlic and sauté for about 4-5 minutes or until the vegetables are softened.

2. Add in the orzo and herbs, and cook for about a minute, stirring constantly. Add in broth and then season with salt and pepper to taste and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and sprinkle in the duxelles and Grana-style cheese.

3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350° and grease a 2-quart baking dish. Add the orzo mixture and bake for 35-40 minutes, until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from oven and garnish each serving with a helping of the sautéed baby Shiitake mushrooms. Serve with additional grated Grana-style cheese as desired.

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