It’s like a mac n cheese-ish pasta bake however with some greens in it. My youngsters like broccoli, however you may get away with no matter your individuals like in comparable quantity, and cooked earlier than including it in. As long as the mushrooms are tremendous small, I can squeeze these by them. Sub in peas or hunks of cooked butternut squash or add in 1/2 lb. of browned Italian sausage if you happen to favor an animal protein in there.

In the event you’re making this to ship or freeze, assemble every thing by the panko parm topper, and wrap it in foil. Move alongside instructions to deliver it to room temperature earlier than baking.


2 Tbsp. of additional virgin olive oil or butter
1 small yellow onion – chopped small
8 oz. of mushrooms – cleaned, tremendous properly chopped
3 cloves of garlic – minced
sea salt
2/3 cup of white wine
1 pinch of purple pepper flakes
2 tsp. of contemporary thyme leaves
3 cups of vegetable or hen inventory
1/2 lb. of orzo (about 1 heaping cup)
10 oz. of broccoli florets – steamed & chopped
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1 lemon – zested
4 oz. of grated fontina or Italian cheese mix

1 cup of panko
1/4 cup of parmesean
additional virgin olive oil
contemporary parsley – chopped


Grease an 8” pan or 10” oven-proof skillet. Preheat the oven to 400’.

In a big Dutch oven or skillet over medium, warmth your oil or butter. Add the onion, and sauté a couple of minutes till tender. Add the mushrooms, garlic, huge pinches of salt and pepper and sauté one other 5 minutes, till the liquid is launched and also you get some browning. Stir within the wine and cook dinner one other 5 minutes to cook dinner down. Stir within the pepper flakes, thyme, and switch off the warmth.

In one other pot, warmth the broth to a delicate boil. Add the orzo and cook dinner for about 7 minutes till simply tender. Sure, it is going to take up a lot of the moisture.

Switch the orzo and any residual broth to the pot with the mushrooms. Add the steamed broccoli, cream, lemon zest, cheese and one other pinch of salt and pepper. Fold every thing to mix. It ought to be unfastened.

Switch the combination to your ready pan. Sprinkle the panko and parm on prime, and drizzle it with olive oil (it may be refrigerated for a day or frozen at this level. Convey the refrigerated one to room temperature earlier than baking. Cook dinner the frozen one, lined for 25 then uncovered for 20). Bake for 20 minutes, uncovered, till the highest is golden brown.

Garnish with contemporary herbs.

The whole casserole will be assembled as much as a day prematurely and baked simply earlier than serving. It may be frozen pre-bake as properly.

This makes a variety of meals, could be an incredible one to double and reward or freeze for later.

As long as you get your mushrooms and broccoli small, mine beloved it!

Jovial makes a cassava-based orzo. It may get gummy, however I believe it is going to nonetheless work right here. It’s doable a long-grain brown rice would work right here, too. I’d simply steam it earlier than assembling, and add two eggs in there if you happen to can to assist it maintain some form.