Romano Orzo-SRC reveal


A month ago when I said I was participating in the next month’s Secret Recipe Club, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.  I simply looked at the date and thought, hmm, right during break, perfect.  Posting is right during break, but picking out the recipe and cooking and photographing meant that it fell right into the hot and heavy portion of my final days of part 1 of photography school.  Will I not be able to have the time????

I felt especially lucky to be assigned Julie’s Eats and Treats, because Julie’s site is full of mouth watering recipes…with plenty of simple ones; which meant that I could easily stake out a little time to whip up one of her dishes, whew.  A little about Julie: Julie started blogging because so many people asked for her recipes. And she’s super fortunate to have a hubby, Jason who helps out, Julie also has an adorable baby girl Miss Kenzie Marie (a name that I adore, especially the middle name because my daughter Leah shares the same middle name.

Back to the recipe…I often thought of orzo as the risotto pasta.  It’s so similar in shape that I think people often get this pasta and rice confused, normally I would say that is the only they have in common.  But when I stumbled across this recipe, it definitely had risotto (of which I am especially fond of) written all over it.  I kept the heart of the recipe although I did make several modifications.

I cooked up a big batch so my stepson would have plenty leftovers, I used fresh garlic and added chopped basil and roasted tomatoes and peppers (from the olive bar).  Finally I swapped the parmesan for a Romano recommended by the cheese guys at the local organic store.


What I ended up with is a beautiful tri-color (Italian flag) creamy pasta that was to die for.  Although not as creamy and ‘to the tooth’ as risotto, this orzo version is a quicker and just as delicious alternative!


Hop on over to visit it Julie you won’t be sorry and check the bottom of this post for more great SRC posts.


Romano Orzo
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1 pound orzo
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 shallot minced
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 32 ounce box broth (chicken or vegetarian)
  6. 1/4 cup roasted tomatoes, chopped
  7. 1 bunch basil leaves, chopped
  8. 1 cup grated romano or parmesen
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic, cook for 1 minutes. Add orzo and lightly toast. Pour in broth, bring to a boil and then turn down and simmer on medium low until orzo is al dente, about 7 to 8 minutes and most liquid is absorbed.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, basil and romano until cheese is melted and throughly mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with additional cheese and basil if desired.
The Kitchen Witch
I don’t want to detract too much from the SRC gig but I’ll share my last two final photos with everyone who has been keeping up with my photography school progress …

This photo is a composite of many photos that I took.  I shot all of these on a lightbox (like the kind they used to view slides and negatives) to illuminate the inside of the lemon.  My inspiration came from vintage botanical posters.  I am hoping to refine this technique and do a whole series.

Botanical Lemon

This final photo, is one of a series  that I did for my final show.  Below is my “artist statement” that went with the show, it explains the chair in the field.


A Red Chair Grows in a Canola Field

by Rhonda Adkins

Come sit down and rest awhile…

One morning I woke with a vivid image in my head. I had been dreaming of a bright yellow field backed by a vivid blue sky with a lone red chair in the field.

A chair?

At first the dream seemed to be bizarre, but then I thought “how much of our lives are spent in a chair?” We dine in chairs, work in chairs, and relax in chairs, for just a few examples.

In fact, chairs have become a very important part of my life, lately most of my life is spent in a chair…learning.

Sit down and rest awhile…

Learn, work, play, relax, create, dream small, dream big; explore your dreams and don’t let them ‘spook’ you. Watch your dreams come true, because red chairs can grow in a canola field if you aren’t afraid to make your dreams happen.

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12 Responses to Romano Orzo-SRC reveal

  1. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos August 20, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    This looks fantastic!!! You are amazing photographer Rhonda!

  2. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy August 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    You picked a great recipe! Julies blog has many amazing things! This looks wonderful, I love your pictures too!

  3. Kate August 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Sounds delicious! Love your red chair! 🙂

  4. Kitchen Butterfly August 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Oh my word Rhonda, I LOVE the light box photos…..I think I’m going to have a light box built. Your photos are gorgeous. I love the chair in the fields! I am so inspired – well done!

    • Giggles August 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      Thanks Oz, I borrowed the lightbox but I think I must own one and do more!

  5. Christine @ Christine's Kitchen Chronicles August 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    I absolutely love orzo! Great pick!

  6. Debra August 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    I have never really thought about it, but yes, orzo kinda’ is the rissotto of pasta. Looks delicious. But, about those pictures. OMG, girl! I love that poster and that chair reminds me Van Gogh’s yellow chair and your statement reminds me a William Carlos Wiliams’ poem. Love ’em!!!!!!

    • Giggles August 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

      Blush, you are to kind…ahh a comparision to Van Gogh, can you feel my happiness across the web?

  7. Lisa~~ August 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Looks wonderful and such great flavors. Love your chair photo.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC entry: Chicken Satay Noodle Salad.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  8. Teri @ The Freshman Cook August 21, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    Love this recipe! Great choice.

  9. Veronica August 22, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    That lemon photo is like a cool kitchen poster! I could totally see it framed! Your orzo does sound delish.

  10. Lea Ann September 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Really nice photo of the pasta and love that photo of the chair. So glad you’re sharing some of this with us.