A grown-up version of Mac N’ Cheese
If you would’ve mentioned the word Orzo a couple years ago, I wouldn’t have any idea what you were talking about. I’m sure many of you wouldn’t have known either. Orzo? What is that? Sounds like a kids television show character!
Orzo, is, in fact, a type of pasta. Who knew?! Orzo almost looks like rice, but it’s pasta. So I guess you could call it rice pasta…? You can make tons of dishes with Orzo. You can add just about anything in pasta and since Orzo isn’t very commonly known, I thought I’d switch things up a bit and make an Orzo recipe for you guys!
This dish is a grown-up version of the classic Mac N’ Cheese. I’ve used a couple gourmet cheeses to take it up a notch. You guys know how much I love my CHEESE! For this recipe, I’ve used Fontina and Pecorino Romano cheeses that I had bought while I was at the grocery store last weekend. I haven’t tried Fontina before and I heard that it’s great for making a cheesy pasta dish. And by the way, you guys don’t have to use the cheeses I use. You can have fun and try out different cheeses! Find ones that you like the best and incorporate those into your pasta.
Fontina has more of a soft and creamy texture than the Pecorino Romano. I found that the Pecorino Romano was very similar to Parmesan cheese. It was more nutty and salty in flavor. Fontina has a more yellowish tint to it whereas the Pecorino Romano had a more of a white color.
Now, whenever you’re making a cheese sauce, you start out with making a roux. A who? A roux. Don’t worry, the steps are easy. It’s basically melting down some butter then adding flour in a saucepan and slowly adding liquid to it to create a sauce. Easy, right? Adding the cheese to the sauce is my favorite part because then all the cheesy flavors come together!
And if you want another recipe full of cheesy goodness, head over to my Yummiest Chicken Parmesan recipe! Leave a comment down below if you tried this dish and let me know how you like it!
Have fun getting lost in all this deliciousness of cheese! You’re welcome.
- 8oz Orzo Pasta
- 1/2 cup Fontina cheese
- 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 cup half & half
- Basil leaves
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1. Cook Orzo according to package instructions. Tip: Always be sure to salt your water to give your pasta more flavor.
- 2. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a medium saucepan.
- 3. Add the flour to the butter, and bring to a low simmer, whisking occasionally.
- 4. Add the heavy cream to the saucepan gradually, whisking until combined until it reaches the right consistency.
- 5. Add the cheeses to the saucepan.
- 6. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
- 7. Drain the Orzo and add the pasta to the sauce.
- 8. Mix until the Orzo is coated evenly.
- 9. Garnish with Basil.
- 10. Serve hot and enjoy!