Fall and a simple side dish

With the arrival of Fall, I find myself craving foods with deep color.  It’s as though the trees I can see changing subtly tell me that I need carrots and cranberries and spinach. I experimented with a few options for side dishes and while I like all my recipes, this one is by far my favorite.

You can change up the veggies according to your taste. The first time I made this dish, I used carrots, apples, onions and spinach. Since then, I’ve added in a parsnip as well. It amazes me how when you take the time to cook root vegetables slowly in butter and allow them to caramelize, they are so sweet and tender. Once the vegetables are cooked, the addition of red wine vinegar and soy sauce just finishes the amazing flavors and makes it so you can’t stop refilling your plate.

Autumnal Orzo

  • 1 cup dry orzo pasta
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cups vegetables, diced (carrots, parsnips, apples, spinach, kale, squash; any combo that you like!)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
Boil a stockpot of water and add the dry pasta. Cook for about 7 minutes and taste for doneness.  Drain the pasta and set aside.
In a large saute pan, melt the butter and add the onions and veggies. When they start to get tender, add the garlic,black pepper, dry mustard and paprika. Stir to toss and then lower the burner temperature to low and let the pan contents caramelize.
Add the cooked pasta to the pan and stir to combine.  Pour in the vinegar and soy sauce and stir again.  Serve as a side or cold the next morning as breakfast… if there’s any left, of course!


2 Replies to “Fall and a simple side dish”

  1. I love one-dish meals – and this one looks yum. And I like that it has a lot of veggies. I have a version of fried rice (where the rice is not fried at all :-)). I just stir fry the veggies (carrots, cabbage, capsicum, garlic, ginger) in very little oil and add the cook rice (cooked separately), then some soya sauce – and garnish with chopped spring onion.

    Thanks for this lovely quick meal!

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