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One-Skillet Cheesy Broccoli Cheddar Orzo Bake

If needed, transfer the orzo to an oven-safe casserole dish. Scatter the remaining cheeses over the top of the casserole.

One-Skillet Cheesy Broccoli Cheddar Orzo Bake

From: Half Baked Harvest

Broccoli cheddar soup meets cozy weeknight casserole...well balanced, so easy, so delicious!


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup roughly chopped mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 pound dry orzo pasta (use gluten-free, if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, plus more for topping
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine such, as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3 cups broccoli florets, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper more or less to taste
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated asiago or manchego cheese
  • fresh basil, for serving


Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the onion and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, 2-3 minutes. Add the butter, orzo, broccoli, and thyme, and cook until golden and toasted, 5 minutes. Add the wine, broth, bay leaf, garlic powder, cayenne, and a large pinch each of salt and pepper. Simmer 8-10 minutes until the orzo is al dente, stirring often.
  • Once the orzo is cooked, stir in the lemon zest, milk, and 1/2 cup of the cheddar. If needed, transfer the orzo to an oven-safe casserole dish. Scatter the remaining cheeses over the top of the casserole.
  • Transfer to the oven and bake 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Switch the oven to broil and broil 1-2 minutes until the cheese on top is becoming crispy. Serve warm with fresh thyme and basil.


Recipe Notes

To Make Ahead: Prepare the bake through step 3. Let cool, then cover and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. To bake, remove from the fridge and let sit at room temp while the oven preheats. Bake as directed.

To Freeze: Prepare the bake through step 3. Let cool, then cover tightly. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge or on the counter for 2-3 hours. Bake as directed.

Gluten-Free Orzo: I love DeLallo brand gluten-free orzo.

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