Baked Orzo w/ Tomato & Mozzarella Pearls
Ready in 45 Minutes (15 Minutes Active Prep Time) | Vegetarian
IN YOUR BOX
organic extra virgin olive oil packets
mirepoix (carrot, celery, onion)
organic vegetable broth concentrate (Savory Choice)
roasted minced garlic
orzo pasta (InHarvest)
local rolls (Farm to Market Bread Co.)
FROM YOUR KITCHEN
liquid measuring cup
9x5 baking dish (loaf size)
cutting board and knife
salt and pepper
1. SAUTÉ THE VEGGIES
PREHEAT the oven to 400 degrees.
EMPTY contents of olive oil packets in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
ADD the eggplant and mirepoix. Sauté until golden brown and soft, about 8 minutes. (★ What’s mirepoix? See note below.)
SEASON to taste with salt and pepper.
★ Mire-Whaaaaa? That’s mirepoix, pronounced “meer-pwah.” This is a fancy French word for diced veggies (typically carrot, celery and onion) that add a base layer of flavor. Mirepoix is typically cooked over gentle heat to sweeten and soften the dish.
2. ADD MORE TASTY INGREDIENTS
MIX the vegetable broth concentrate with 1 cup of hot water in a liquid measuring cup. Set aside.
STIR in the garlic, tomato paste and orzo pasta, and cook an additional 2 minutes.
TURN OFF the heat and stir in the garlic salt, HALF the oregano and vegetable broth.
3. ASSEMBLE & BAKE THE PASTA
SPRAY the baking dish with non-stick spray.
POUR the pasta mixture into the baking dish.
SLICE the tomato on cutting board.
LAYER the mozzarella pearls onto the pasta, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese and top with tomato slices.
SPRINKLE with the remaining oregano and season to taste with salt and pepper.
BAKE for 30 minutes.
4. SERVE & ENJOY!
SERVE the pasta with a roll slathered with butter. You’ve earned it!
★TIP: Please recycle your dinner kit packaging. Our containers are made of plant-based materials and are compostable.
Wine: DaVinci Chianti DOCG (Italy)
Well balanced wine of medium weight with flavors of ripe plums, cherries and peppery notes.
Beer: Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer
Lively, refreshing ale with a natural citrusy flavor and distinctive cloudy appearance.
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