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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Cheesy Pasta Risotto #French Fridays with Dorie #Foodie Friday


Cheesy Pasta Risotto: Simple Living and Eating

Happy New Year… parties completed? I do have my husband's birthday in 2 weeks but it is not a "big number" like last year. I promise I will get back to my regularly scheduled program next week, but yes, I'm doing it again, combining French Friday's with Dorie, with Foodie Friday, sorry Dorista's and Foodista you have to meet again. Dorista's please, link a recipe to the party. I know you have made some wonderful dishes that the Foodie Friday folks would enjoy.

A call out to both camps. We are looking for co-hosts for our Food of the World Party. This is a really fun and educational linky to be involved in… and it is only once a month. If you co-host this party you will get to choose a country to visit every few months. I have really learned quite a bit about some interesting cuisines that I didn't know anything about before doing this linky party. So, please let us know in the comment section that you are interested in getting involved. Our next link up is: 


Join us on January 14th to share a Chinese recipe. 

Happy Chinese New Year!


January 14th China



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Now on to this week's recipe. I would call this "pasta pilaf" more than I would call it "pasta risotto". When you make a risotto you slowly stir in liquid, and it is gradually absorbed by the rice. When you make a pilaf, you put all the liquid in at once and stir it regularly; letting the rice absorb it. This is exactly what you do with this recipe.

The pasta is not pre-cooked and added to the sauce. In this recipe the pasta is cooked in the chicken broth, so it completely absorbs the broth and it's flavor. I've used this technique before with Asian noodle dishes, but never with a Mediterranean dish, even though I have seen it before.

The result was a really rich and flavorful side dish. The basic recipe calls for adding just onions, but I had peas and mushrooms, and decided to add them, so I wouldn't have to make a vegetable dish too. Yes, I am feeling a bit tired and lazy. I served this pasta with a lemony breaded chicken. I recommend serving it with a bright citrus dish to counter the rich creaminess of the dish.  

The recipe is actually very simple to follow, but I would not recommend salting your vegetables. I would not add any salt into this dish until after you have tasted it. The chicken broth and parmesan for me provided enough salt. Definitely go heavy on the pepper.. it tastes delicious.



PS: I did use Multi-Grain pasta. That is why it is a little dark. 

Mangia,
Diane





Remember to visit and follow my co-host Adelina at Home Maid Simple to find out what blogger she is featuring this week!!!


Foodie Friday Features:


From: Diane's Vintage Zest

lettuce wrap
Lettuce Wrap

This is the kind of dish we need after the heavy food of the holidays. Low calorie and healthy ground turkey and vegetables with a light Asian sauce.



From: Living the Gourmet

Tuna Salad w/ Buckwheat & Raisins
Tuna Salad w/ Buckwheat & Raisins

Another light and healthy meal to start your New Year on the right foot. Love the addition of buckwheat and raisins to an already tasty tuna salad.



From: Treat Times

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars
Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

Yes, we all have a few holiday pounds to loss, but you can't give up dessert completely. How about indulging in this low calorie, low fat cheesecake bar? 




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58 comments:

  1. Thanks for the party, Diane! I hope your New Year is off to a great start :)

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    1. Well, we have about a foot of snow on the ground and more coming… it is off to a white start that's for sure.

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  2. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting the party. Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year's Day.
    Annamaria

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    1. We did… hope yours was terrific too Annamaria.

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  3. Diane, I don't even know if I am commenting on the right link. Whatever, you will get my comment somewhere. First, you Italians have to be worn out from your holiday cooking. The 7 Fishes Christmas Eve meal would do me in. Then you have to get up the next day and do Christmas. That's harsh. The only thing I will say about your FFWD risotto is that you turned Mac & Cheese into a vegetable pasta casserole with the addition of peas and mushrooms. Is that fair? I actually enjkoyed this dish but know I will return to my Mom's M&C when I want the real deal. Mascarpone??? Not in a Manchester, Iowa grocery store in the 60's and 70's. (Kinda like your red sauce.) Happy New Year and may 2014 find us meeting in reality as well as virtually.

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    1. You are in the right place Mary. Yes, I am truly cooked out and have been living out of our freezer. Fortunately we have a lot of good leftover and I can actually say, I'm tired of fish which I rarely am. Yes, I feel the real world meeting coming soon. Enjoy your time in CA, we are having a blizzard right now.

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  4. Thanks so much for the party Diane. I wish you all the best in 2014! :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa, Happy New Year to you too. So glad I'm getting to know you a little more.

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  5. Diane, Happy New Year and thanks for the party!

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    1. Happy New Year Deb,
      I appreciate you visiting week in and week out. Love your recipes.

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  6. Hi Diane,
    Wishing you the very best in 2014 and thank you so much for the party with wonderful food!
    Happy New Year!
    Miz Helen

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    1. I't not a party until you arrive Miz Helen, so good to see you. Happy New Year.

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  7. Hi! Thanks so much for the feature! My thoughts exactly on sharing the lettuce wraps with you all after the holidays. :) Happy cooking!

    Diane @ Vintage Zest

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    1. You are very welcome… yes, your recipe was exactly what we needed after all of the rich holiday food. Happy New Year.

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  8. I love your cheesy pasty!!
    Happy New Year Diane and thank you for the party :)

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    1. Thanks Winnie… making pasta with broth is really flavorful. I would highly recommend it.

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  9. What an interesting risotto recipe. I would have never thought of combining the two. Thanks for hosting Diane and have a nice weekend.
    Sam

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    1. Neither would I…that's why I love being part of this cooking group. Dorie Greenspan has the most unique recipes. Have you ever looked at "Around My French Table." I think you would love it. PS: Just finished Forever Chic. Great advice in that book.

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  10. I never mind when you double up these posts...more fun recipes to view! I love the thought of adding veggies to the pasta! YUMMY!

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    1. Thanks Liz but I don't want to make it too much of a habit. I do need to work on my own original recipes, but Dorie's are sooo good.

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  11. Thank you for featuring my cheesecake bars; much appreciated! Glad to be contributing again this week :)

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    1. You are very welcome Anna… they look terrific. Happy New Year.

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  12. Dear Diane, Thank you for featuring the Tuna Salad!! I'm so pleased and excited. Happy New Year. I hope you and your loved ones had a beautiful holiday and blessed year to come. xo Catherine

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    1. You are very welcome Catherine… love your salad, just what we all need right now.

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  13. The Food of the World party sounds like a lot of fun, Diane! I might have to check prior posts.

    Did you use whole wheat or other altenative pasta for your 'risotto'? Just curious. :-)

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    1. Yes, it is multi-grain pasta… that's why it's a little dark. I would love to have you join Food of the World, let me know we are just getting it started.

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  14. I love your Foodie Friday group…always interesting recipes! This was a wonderful dish…a hit with both my hubby and me. Creamy and luscious! Yours looks so lovely served with the chicken…a perfect winter meal! Happy New Year, Diane!!

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    1. Thanks Kathy for enjoying Foodie Friday.... I agree I folks from all over the world with some really interesting recipes. Glad you enjoy them... but I am going to get back to original recipes next week. Happy New Year.

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  15. Happy New Year Diane! Lovely pairing with chicken. This year I'm going to try to make your Foodie Fridays -

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    1. That would be terrific Christy. Happy New Year to you too.

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  16. First time visiting, found you via DBB thanks for the party!! & Happy New Year! I look forward to visiting again so many great looking recipes being shared. Theresa @DearCreatives

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    1. Hi Theresa,
      I added you to my Friday party list. Will see you again next week.

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  17. I'll be adding your button to my blog love party page under Fridays!

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    1. Thanks Theresa so glad to have you join us.

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  18. I think multi-grain pasta would be a terrific way to make this dish healthier - and it was scrummy. Happy New Year Diane.

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    1. I like the nuttiness of multi-grain pasta, but it doesn't look as pretty as the regular for photos. Can't have everything. Good to see you happy new year.

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  19. Pasta looks delicious:) This was a family favorite. Happy New Year!

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    1. Its seems to have been a big hit across the board. Good way to start the new year.

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  20. I liked this one too. It was rich, but went well with simple main courses to balance it out. Happy early birthday to your husband. My husband's birthday is next week.My birthday is in December. Nothing like packing all the year's celebrating into a one month period. Exhausting! The Food of the World sounds interesting. Thinking about it. Happy New Year, Diane!

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    1. I always feel bad about post Christmas birthdays… everyone is so partied out. We will have a quiet gathering for sure. Happy birthday to you and your husband. Betsy, the food of the world is really fun. Only once a month.

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  21. You have a lot going on Diane. I'm glad you enjoyed this dish. We did too. Your food of the world group sounds interesting. Maybe one of these days I'll try to join you!

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    1. Yes, I'm just exhaling now. Bring a Chinese dish by on Jan 14th. I just picked one out and it was so interesting to look up the different cuisines of China. Happy New Year Guyla.

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  22. So glad you enjoyed this one and I agree that the broth cooking was a lovely change. Growing up in an Italian household we tended to do the same dishes over and over (since they were wonderful !) but I love that Dorie mixes it up and gives me wonderful new ideas. My family just loved this one and have already requested a repeat.

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    1. Yes, I grew up on red sauce only on pasta so using broth is really interesting to me, because I love pasta and love to try new ways of preparing it.

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  23. Hi Diane! Happy New Year! Great idea to combine the two parties! I might be interested in the Food of the World party as well. It was a very nice recipe

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    1. Hi Maria,
      Get a Chinese dish together between now and Jan 14th. (I'm trying something tonight) And join us for the party.

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  24. this was good wasn't it. cooking the pasta in the broth made a huge difference in the flavor.

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    1. I plan on doing it with other dishes to add flavor.

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  25. Back again to say thanks for linking this up to MM tonight - pinned to my Marvelous Monday board!

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    1. Thanks so much Deb... you have a great party.

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  26. Peas and mushrooms sound great as an addition to this dish! My husband would love the peas, and I would love the mushrooms - ha! Happy New Year!

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    1. Sounds like everyone will be happy and you can check off veggies for a complete meal.

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  27. Well you really put me over the edge calling it pasta pilaf.

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  28. This is one of those things that makes sense, I just never thought to try it. I always need more ways to incorporate cheesy goodness into my life. :-)

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  29. Hi Diane,
    Your Cheesy Pasta Risotto looks so creamy and delicious. Thank you so much for Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Miz Helen

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  30. I agree Diane - whenever I make risotto (or in this case, pilaf), I always wait to salt until just before serving. Parmesan has more salt in it than people realize I think.

    PS. Mine is having his birthday soon too! I'm not sure what to do for him - any suggestions??

    Thank you so much for linking up with Fresh Food Wednesday! Have a great week - hope to see you this Wednesday with more fresh food posts! xo, kristy

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