Simple, delicious orzo pasta salad with lemon, garlic and thyme mushrooms. 9 ingredients and 15 mins only. Basic salmoriglio is elevated to this brilliant dish with the addition of mushrooms and thyme. Serve hot or cold. It tastes great either ways, always.
1cupchestnut mushroomsthinly sliced
4clovesgarlicsmall; smashed, peeled and chopped
1lemonzest and juice
4sprigsfresh thymeleaves stripped off
1bunch fresh parsleychopped
freshly ground black pepperto taste
Bring 4 cups water to boil
Add 1 tsp olive oil and salt to the water. Throw in the orzo pasta to cook until al dente. Takes about 8-10 mins.
On the side, heat olive oil in a flat pan, on medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute.
Add the sliced mushroom, sprinkle some salt and sauté till the mushrooms start to sweat. About 5 mins.
Remove from heat, add fresh thyme leaves, lemon juice and zest. Toss together.
Drain the cooked pasta (retaining some of the water) and add to the lemony mushrooms. Add in chopped parsley and freshly ground pepper and gently toss.
Enjoy hot and bonus… it tastes great cold as well!
Stays well in refrigerator for a day. Can be served hot or as a cold salad in summers.