Sesame Orzo with Charred Scallions

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 2 bunches scallions (about 12), cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions

In a dry small heavy skillet cook sesame seeds over moderate heat, stirring, until golden brown, about 4 minutes, and transfer to a bowl. In a 5-quart saucepan bring 4 quarts salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain orzo in a colander and rinse under cold water. Drain orzo well and add sesame seeds. In an 8-inch non-stick skillet heat oil over high heat until hot but not smoking and saute scallions, stirring occasionally, until lightly charred and tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir scallion mixture into orzo and season with salt and pepper.


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