Orzo and turkey stir fry recipe, a delicious alternative to rice and quick weekday meal, make this recipe with any leftover meat, flavorful and delicious!
Orzo is a dry pasta that is quite hard as these little grains of pasta will cook for 9 to 10 minutes. I like my pasta al dente, therefore I cook it for 9 minutes sharp and I find that if you cook orzo longer, it tends to quickly get mushy.
Orzo comes in a smaller pack than other dry pasta but mind you, once cooked the volume of 1 pack cooked orzo will be the same as 1 pack cooked penne!
I really love orzo pasta, it is a delicious alternative to rice, you can cook it like a risotto, slowly with an addition of broth, add your broth cautiously so as not to overcook the orzo, or like any pasta in plenty of boiling water.
Here I had some leftover turkey and decided to make a stir fry with some carrots, onion and orzo. A quick but flavorful weekday meal made in under 45 minutes.
This recipe will be as good with any leftover meat or ham.
If you enjoy quick stir fry recipes, check my Spelt Sauteed with Vegetables and Chicken Chop Suey.
3 cups (1 pack – 454 g.) orzo, cooked as per instructions on the pack
1 onion, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled, cut in small chunks
10 oz. (300 g) leftover turkey, diced in small cubes
1 cup (100 g.) grated parmesan
A pinch of cayenne
Salt and pepper to taste
Some olive oil
Into a large pan, heat 2 or 3 tbsp. olive oil, add the chopped onion and cook until translucent, add the carrots, season with salt and pepper, a pinch of cayenne, add a little bit of water, just to cover the bottom of the pan and simmer until the carrots are soft and tender
Add the cooked orzo and parmesan, toss to re-heat until the parmesan is creamy and melted, taste and adjust seasoning
Add the turkey, toss to incorporate, sprinkle some parsley or basil
I like to sprinkle my meals with herbs that I choose according to the nature of the dish. Other than bringing additional flavors, they all are full of properties and improve digestion, for instance parsley:
High Source of Flavonoid Antioxidants
Provides Beneficial Essential Oils That Fight Cancer
Acts as Natural Diuretic and Helps to Relieve Bloating
May Help Fight Kidney Stones, Urinary Tract Infections and Gallbladder Infections
Has Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
Source: Parsley Benefits, Nutrition and Recipe Ideas - Dr. Axe https://draxe.com/parsley-benefits/
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