I wanted to serve orzo as a side dish for dinner. I decided to make it extra special by adding caramelized onion to it along with sautéed minced garlic and fresh parsley. The orzo was flavorful and delicious – my husband and I loved the onions! My son, on the other hand, couldn’t believe I would ruin pasta with onions! My daughter didn’t say much about the orzo but ate it all so I’ll take that as a good sign. Simple and fast – perfect for a weeknight side dish.
Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Side Note: If the onion starts to get dry, add a little bit of water to moisten them up. You can also add more olive oil if you prefer.
When the onions are 10 minutes from being done, cook the pasta, per instructions in salted water. Drain.
Add the minced garlic to the finished caramelized onions and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
Add the pasta to the onion mixture along with the fresh parsley then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Toss to mix thoroughly. Serve immediately. Enjoy.