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Orzo with Roasted Garlic

Lose the fat and add big garlic flavor with this Italian pasta recipe. Whether cooking pasta for a crowd or just making a simple pasta recipe for two, this recipe is a winner. Sometimes, we think that cutting calories means cutting flavor. But it doesn't always mean this. The roasted garlic really amps up the flavor in this dish without ruining your diet plan.

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Cooking Time35 min

Ingredients

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon light margarine
  • 1 tablespoon finely snipped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Tightly wrap garlic in foil and roast at 425 degrees F until very tender, 30 to 35 minutes.
     
  2. Meanwhile, cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.
     
  3. Cut garlic head in half crosswise and squeeze out garlic pulp. Mash until smooth.
     
  4. Heat broth, margarine, basil, oregano and pepper until margarine melts. Stir in mashed garlic and heat through, one to two minutes.
     
  5. Add garlic mixture to orzo. Toss into mix.

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