Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Orzo with Mustard Greens

I admit that I was less than enthused when I received mustard greens in my CSA bag—I’ve never been much of a fan—but I was willing to try them in a new recipe. I added a chopped clove of garlic and the juice of the lemon. This dish was super simple to make, and it was great for a light and tasty lunch.

Orzo with Mustard Greens, Peter Berley

2 tablespoons coarse sea salt or kosher salt, plus more for serving
1 ½ cups orzo
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound red mustard greens, chopped (green mustard, baby spinach, or mild arugula may be substituted)
Grated zest of 1 lemon
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese, for garnish

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons salt. When the water returns to a boil, stir in the orzo and cook until al dente, about 6 to 7 minutes. Drain well.

Return the cooked orzo to the pot, stir in the butter, and place over high heat. Add the mustard greens and lemon zest and cook, stirring until the greens wilt, about 3 to 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with the freshly grated cheese on top.

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