Usually, I make a big deal of Eating Dinner Together At The Dining Room Table As a Family. Especially on Sundays. There’s just something about being at the table, with placemats and candles and fabric napkins that makes me feel like all is right with the world. And now that my teenager is leaving for college in a matter of days, I’ve gotten even more, shall we say, insistent? I’m trying to memorize every last detail of her sunny face across the table from me. Somehow I don’t think gazing into this face across the table is going to be the same.
Although I’m thinking I am going to miss the teenager so incredibly much that I might actually break down and let the dog sit in her chair, just so it’s not so, well, EMPTY.
Anyway. Family dinners are great, but every once in a while there is nothing like eating supper out of mis-matched bowls on the sofa in front of a movie, with the dog curled up at your feet looking pleadingly at whatever you are eating. And this is one of those meals – a warm, comforting, cheesy bowl of easy to eat orzo mixed up with just enough wonderful and comforting things to make it both interesting and scrumptious.
And putting it together could not be easier. Cook up some orzo, which is rice-shaped pasta and one of the world’s best comfort foods. Once it is done and drained, pour it into a bowl and stir it up with a little olive oil and lemon zest, and then toss in some peas (fresh are fabulous if you can find them, but frozen cooked peas will work just fine), some crumbled goat cheese, a little fresh chopped mint and some salt and pepper. Voila! Instant comforting coziness…it’s great warm, warm temperature or even as a chilled pasta salad kind of dish.
Personally, I plan to eat mine at all different temperatures curled up on the coach until my baby comes home for Thanksgiving break. I hope the orzo supply holds out! Ingredients Directions
Orzo with Goat Cheese, Peas and Mint