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. ©2017, 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!

If rushed, prepare your ingredients in advance.

If you know youíll be rushed at cooking time, pre-measure out as many of the ingredients as you can, and arrange them by the cooking order of the recipe.

If itís going to be more than several minutes before you actually start making the dinner, be sure to cover the perishable ingredients with plastic wrap or place in containers and put them back in the refrigerator to hold until you are ready.