Easy Vegetarian Recipes: Carrot Orzo

By Kate Aquillano

We all know that carrots are great for your eyes, but there’s more to these orange root veggies than just their peeper protecting properties.

Want a clear complexion? Carrots are packed with Vitamin A, which works to prevents acne, dry skin, blemishes and uneven skin tone from the inside out. Yup, that same vitamin that puts the A in our skin-clearing Retin-A products works to encourage cell turnover and, as a result, healthy, glowing skin when included as part of our diets too.

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Plus, carrot’s high level of beta-carotene also serves as an antioxidant to help slow down the aging of cells making the easy, vegetarian carrot orzo recipe an easy way to eat for beauty too.

Vegetarian Carrot Orzo

6 oz. Baby Carrots
2 T Butter
1 Cup Orzo Pasta
1 1/2 Cup Water
1 1/4 Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
1 Large Garlic Clove
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
4 Chopped Green Onions
1 Sprig of Fresh Rosemary

Chop the baby carrots in your food processor, using the pulse option. If you don’t have a food processor, just chop the carrots very well (but be careful when cutting carrots, their hard and slippery texture can easily causes accidents).

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Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the orzo and carrots and sauté until the orzo pasta turns a golden color, or about 4 to 5 minutes. Add water, broth and minced garlic. Cook, uncovered, until the liquid is absorbed into the pasta, about 15-20 minutes.

As the last bit of liquid is absorbed, stir in the cheese and green onions. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with rosemary.

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