• Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.comArlington Heights Darla Pitts firefighter made creamy lemon pesto orzo with oven roasted turkey, asparagus and tomato.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.comArlington Heights Darla Pitts firefighter made creamy lemon pesto orzo with oven roasted turkey, asparagus and tomato.

 
Posted11/7/2018 12:20 PM

Creamy Lemon Pesto Orzo with Oven roasted Turkey, Asparagus & Tomato


Total Time: 35 minutes, yields 5 servings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 


3 cups water


1 lb. Orzo


1 bunch fresh Basil, rinsed and dried


6 cloves of garlic


4 oz pine nuts


1/3 cup pumpkin seed oil from Now Foods, set aside 3 tsp. of oil


8 oz fresh parmesan cheese, grated


1/2 tsp. salt


1/2 tsp. black pepper


1 tbsp. lemon paste, from Nielsen-Massey


1/3 cup Greek yogurt from Golden Brunch


1 lb Tacchino Arrosto oven roasted turkey from Greenridge Farm, cut into medium sized chunks


1 bunch asparagus, washed and bottoms cut off, then sliced into 2-inch pieces


2 medium sized tomatoes, diced


1 tsp. fresh parsley


1 tsp. oregano


Pasta


In a large saucepan, over high heat, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Slowly add in Orzo, cover and reduce heat to medium, stirring occasionally. Cook pasta until tender, roughly 10-12 minutes. Drain pasta. In a large bowl, add pasta and 1 tsp. of pumpkin seed oil, mix and set aside.

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Creamy lemon pesto


In a food processor combine the basil, garlic, pine nuts, pumpkin seed oil (minus 3 tsp.), salt, pepper, lemon paste, and yogurt. Blend on high for roughly 1 minute and set pesto aside.


Preparing the dish


In a large saucepan, heat 1 tsp. of pumpkin seed oil on medium heat. After oil is hot, add the Greenridge Farm Arrosto Turkey and asparagus. Cook on medium heat for roughly 6 minutes or until turkey is browned and asparagus in tender. Then mix in the tomatoes, parsley, and oregano. Cook for an additional 2 minutes. Turn the heat to low and add the Orzo previously set aside, as well as the pesto. Combine all ingredients until evenly mixed. Plate pasta on a dish, garnishing with a lemon wedge and basil leaf.


Darla Pitts


Recipes are published just as they were submitted to the judges

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