Warm Vegetarian Orzo With Toasted Pine Nuts and Cotija Cheese

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  • PREP TIME
    10 Min
  • COOK TIME
    30 Min
  • SERVINGS
    4

If given the option, my kids would eat pasta every single day! While simple enough to make, without vegetables or protein, pasta alone doesn’t offer our family the sustenance we need to grow and thrive.  I’m always looking for ways to give our meals a nutritional boost and one of the ways I do that on our meatless nights is through vegetables and cheese. With those simple additions, I can give my kids a meal that is hearty and delicious.

Small children love the varied shapes of pasta, and every new shape transforms their meals into something exciting. I recently introduced my kids to orzo, a short-cut pasta resembling rice. This versatile pasta variety can be used in soups, salads, main dishes, or even just served on its own. In place of our traditional vegetarian pasta dish, I created a warm orzo dish featuring a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, hazelnuts, and cotija cheese tossed with a touch of lemon and olive oil. Cacique® Cotija cheese is an incredibly flavorful artisan cheese, and tossed with the orzo, added depth and complexity to an otherwise simple dish.

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orzo-ingredients
chopped-vegetables
toasted-pinenuts
vegetarian-orzo

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