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Orzo with Vegetables and Ham

2 tb Olive oil
2 c Orzo
1 md Onion; chopped
2 Chicken bouillon cubes
3/4 ts Salt
5 c Water
1/2 lb Asparagus; in bite size pieces
1/4 lb Mushrooms
1 pk (10 oz) frozen peas and carrots
Parmesan cheese; preferably chunk
2 oz Cooked ham or proscutto; thin sliced/chopped
1 cn (15 1/2 - 19 oz) red kidney beans, drained
2 tb Margarine


Thirty minute before serving, in 5 qt. Dutch oven, over Medium heat in hot olive oil, cook orzo and onion for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add bouillon cubes, salt and water. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. While orzo is cooking, trim asparagus. Slice mushrooms. Add asparagus, mushroom and frozen peas and carrots to orzo. Over High heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to Medium. Cook and stir often until liquid is almost absorbed and orzo is tender, but firm. Draw blad of vegetable peeler over block of Parmesan cheese to make thin, wide slices. Can also use cheese cutter. Reserve serveral slices for garnish. To orzo add ham or proscuitto, kidney beans, margarine and rest of Parmesan cheese. Serve, garnished with reserved cheese.



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