Orzo Pasta with Goat Cheese

Orzo is one of my favorite little pastas. This dish is simple, fresh, and oh so delicious. I love that it is a light meal that is packed with Mediterranean flavors. I whipped this dish up on a lazy, cozy, and rainy Sunday afternoon. My husband and I savored it with whole wheat bread dipped in olive oil. Pasta and bread-my kind of meal! 

I love goat cheese. It’s one of my favorite cheeses. If goat cheese is on it, in it, sprinkled on top, stuffed inside, I don’t care I’m gettin’ it and I’m eatin’ it. Okay, so this pasta dish is already a winner in my book because of the goat cheese. 

But wait there’s more! Capers, artichoke hearts, shallots, oh my! This dish has a Mediterranean flair that I simple cannot resist.

And oh my goodness fresh thyme!  This dish is loaded with fresh thyme that perfectly compliments the Mediterranean flavors found in this pasta. I am obsessed with fresh herbs. They are so delicious, they spruce up any dish, and they are also beautiful to look at! It is my dream to have an herb garden. I was watching Fixer Upper (my favorite show EVER!), and Joanna designed the most beautiful and elegant herb garden that she hung in her client’s kitchen. (check it out–>http://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/shows/fixer-upper-container-garden-ideas-from-joanna-gaines)

I gotta get my husband to build me one of those. (;  

Care to join me for some pasta and possibly and episode of Fixer Upper? Alright, let’s dig in!

Orzo Pasta with Goat Cheese
Serves 4
A fresh and simple orzo pasta meal perfect as a side dish or main entree!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c. dry orzo (Garofalo Orzo Pasta, 16-Ounce (Pack of 4))
  2. 1/2 shallot diced
  3. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  4. 1/2 c. artichoke hearts
  5. 1/3 c. capers
  6. salt and pepper
  7. goat cheese
  8. fresh thyme
  9. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil.
  2. Add orzo and cook 8-9 minutes until al dente.
  3. Meanwhile, dice shallot on cook with 1 teaspoon olive oil until soft. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Strain orzo (don't add cold water).
  5. Return orzo to a pan and drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Add shallot and garlic to the orzo and stir.
  7. Add artichoke hearts and capers with some juice and stir to combine.
  8. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and lots of thyme.
  9. Divide the orzo into dishes and top with desired amount of goat cheese.
Notes
  1. Serve with fresh bread and olive oil for dipping to make an amazing healthy meal for lunch or dinner!
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