California Raisin, Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Orzo Pasta

california_raisin,_caramelized_onion_and_blue_cheese_orzo_pasta
California Raisin Marketing Board
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  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients

16ounces orzo
2tablespoons butter
3tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 red onions, peeled and diced
1teaspoon salt
1teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1tablespoon honey
6ounces blue cheese, crumbled
3/4cup mascarpone
1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1-1/2cup California golden raisins
1/4teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2cup toasted pine nuts

Instructions

  1. Cook orzo in boiling salted water for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain. Meanwhile, heat butter and oil in large heavy skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, salt, pepper, vinegar and honey. Sauté 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Then, stir in cooked and drained orzo, blue cheese, mascarpone, spinach, raisins and nutmeg. Heat briefly to warm cheeses.
  4. Spoon onto large serving platter. Sprinkle with pine nuts and serve, immediately.

Recipe by Lisa Renshaw,  courtesy of the California Raisin Marketing Board

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