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April 25, 2013

Cheap Girl’s Risotto

4 cups chicken stock, low sodium or even better, homemade
3 ounces roast chicken, precooked
1 package large button mushrooms, diced

3 cups spinach
1 tomato, diced
1 cup risoni (orzo) pasta
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, 2 tablespoons for stirring, 2 tablespoons for topping
½ teaspoon crushed garlic
4 tablespoons olive oil
Pepper to taste
Pour two cups of the chicken stock into a hot saucepan. Have the stock come to a boil and pour in the ½ cup of orzo pasta. Keep stirring so that pasta does not stick to the bottom of the saucepan. In a small frypan on another burner, heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil and throw in the diced tomato, the crushed garlic, the button mushrooms, and the roast chicken. Saute until the mushrooms are tender and the tomato has liquefied, and the skin of the tomato comes off. The chicken is already cooked so you are just warming it up and having the flavors of the tomato and garlic fuse with it.
The orzo should be creamy because of the chicken stock and it should have soaked up the entire flavor of the chicken stock as well. By this time, the tomato, garlic, chicken, and mushroom should be roasted and you can pour the contents of the pan into the saucepan with the chicken orzo. Mix well and add pepper to taste. The final touch is the Parmesan. Add on top and mix well, and add some more on top for garnish. In the end, you get a hot, small pasta with a ton of flavor and cheesy goodness. Red pepper flakes are option if you are feeling spice!