Sesame Orzo

That’s What I Think (TWIT) Review

Need a great side or starter, well this cookbook is for you. Starters and Sides Made Easy is a cookbook filled with 60 easy-to-make Kosher recipes. Not always does the star of the show have to be the main course. Let your sides shine too. This cookbook has full color photos with each recipe, along with plating and serving suggestions.

Starters & Sides Made Easy (2) (Small)Starters and Sides Made Easy cookbook has many recipes to choose from but I have been enamored with orzo lately. It makes a quick and delicious side that isn’t too filling. This Sesame Orzo fit the bill.

Sesame Orzo by Noshing With The Nolands Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek are the co-authors of Starters and Sides Made Easy. Their recipes are triple tested, unique and made with ingredients that are readily available at any grocery store.

“When I am looking for a side dish to go with dinner, I want something quick and easy to make,” says Leah Schapira. Victoria writes, “When I am entertaining or having the family over for a holiday meal I don’t want my kitchen to be messy when guests arrive.”

Making easy and quick sides ahead of time helps. I know this as I want the same and this cookbook can help you out.

I have never browned pasta before, like the instructions for this recipe called for and I love the color and flavor that resulted.

Sesmae Orzo by Noshing With The Nolands Some of the delicious recipes that are included in this cookbook are:

Coleslaw Balls with Jalapeno Dip, Broccoli-Stuffed Artichokes, Tomato Tart, Green Bean, Basil and Pecan Salad, Forbidden Black Rice with Mango and Peaches, Sweet Potato and Leek Quiche, and Whiskey Sweet Potatoes to name a few.

Sesame Orzo by Noshing With The Nolands

Sesame Orzo
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
A fantastic easy side that will add an Asian flair to any main.
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2½ cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1-2 scallions, sliced
  • sesame seeds for garnish
  1. Heat oil in a saute pan over high heat. Add orzo and toast until some of the poasta has browned, 1-2 min.
  2. Add chicken stock, soy sauce, sugar and garlic. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid is mostly absorbed, 20-25 min. Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil, scallions and sesame seeds.
  3. If you are making this ahead of time add more oil when heating so that the pasta does not dry out.

Sesame Orzo by Noshing With The Nolands Leah Schapira is the co-founder of and the author of the bestselling Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking. Leah lived in New Jersey with her husband and family.

Victoria Dwek is the managing editor of Whisk, a popular kosher food magazine, publised weekly by Ami Magazine. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and children.


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