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Three bowls containing a creamy orzo, leeks, and chard.

Cheesy Cheddar Orzo with Leeks & Chard

Forget what you think you know about “macaroni and cheese”; this grown-up style, cheesy pasta recipe features Parmesan, sharp white Cheddar and mascarpone alongside fresh greens and hearty, whole-wheat orzo.

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for pasta.
  2. In the meantime, prepare chard by removing stems and cutting into 1/4-inch lengths. Cut leaves 1-inch lengthwise. Prepare leeks by removing tough green tops. Cut in half, lengthwise, rinse clean, and then across in 1/4-inch lengths.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan with garlic and pepper flakes. Once garlic has become golden and fragrant, remove and discard. Sauté chard and leeks in oil, adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and allow to cook until swiss chard stems are tender.
  4. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water, if necessary to loosen sauce.
  5. Toss hot pasta and greens together in the saucepan. Add cheeses, butter and milk. Stir to fully incorporate. Serve immediately.

Cheesy Cheddar Orzo with Leeks & Chard

Forget what you think you know about “macaroni and cheese”; this grown-up style, cheesy pasta recipe features Parmesan, sharp white Cheddar and mascarpone alongside fresh greens and hearty, whole-wheat orzo.