California Central Coast Recipes

Golden Orzo with Saffron

This rich golden pasta side dish is so attractive on a plate, delicious and only takes ten to fifteen minutes to prepare, plus it's good with most any kind of seafood or poultry. ©2018, Golden Orzo with Saffron
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
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2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
1/4 teaspoons Saffron threads or
1/8 teaspoons ground Saffron
1 cup Orzo pasta
2 Tablespoons Unsalted butter

Preparation Directions.

1 In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the chicken broth and saffron to boiling.

2 Stir in the butter and orzo, stir well until but is melted and dispersed well throughout broth.

3 Cover pot and reduce heat to low and continue to cook until broth is absorbed to desired consistency (ten to fifteen minutes.)

4 Fluff pasta with fork and serve in serving dish or as a side on dinner plates.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

This delicious pasta goes well with most any seafood or poultry.

A tip from Sue!

Stoves and Ovens

If you’re fortunate enough to be able to choose your major appliances, I recommend a gas stove-top and an electric oven.

A gas stove-top is much more versatile than an electric one because it has infinite heat options.

An electric oven is better than gas because it has more even temperatures for baking and heating.