Budget Recipe: Orzo Vegetable Pilaf

Orzo Vegetable Pilaf

Orzo Vegetable Pilaf

This is one of my favorite go-to meals. You can have it on the table in 30 minutes and it is so good for you! My daughter and I love meatless meals...especially any kind of pasta/veggie combination!

1 - Cook 1 box orzo pasta as directed (we like to cook our pasta about 2 minutes less than what the package mushy pasta!!). Drain, rinse well and set aside. This may be the only time you'll ever see me tell you to rinse your pasta!

2 - While pasta is cooking dice 1 zucchini, 1 yellow squash, 1 carrot, 1 small onion, 1 small package button mushrooms and 2-3 cloves garlic. Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet and cook the veggies to your desired tenderness. We like our veggies cooked crunchy veggies in this house! Drain 1 can of cannellini beans (or any kind of white beans) and add to the vegetables. Turn heat down to low.

3 - Add the pasta to the veggies and mix well. Add about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of chicken broth and 2 big tablespoons of Smart Balance Butter Spread. Mix well and let hang out over low heat for about 5 - 10 minutes or until the broth is almost abosrbed but not dry. Add salt and pepper to taste, mix well and serve immediately with lots of freshly grated Parmesan Cheese!

Pasta - $1.19
Zuccini - $0.50 (farmers market)
Yellow Squash - $0.50 (farmers market)
Yellow Onion - $0.25 (farmers market)
Carrot - $0.20
Beans - $0.69
Mushrooms - $1.27
Garlic, cheese, broth and seasoning - $1.50 (appx)

Total: $5.60 for a huge skillet that fed my daughter and I for dinner, lunch for both of us the next day and dinner again for me! To save time chopping, I have also done this with pre-chopped frozen vegetable blends. I mix it up all the two vegetable combinations are the same. This is also a great way to use leftover veggies!

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