With a busy schedule and a few select quality ingredients on hand, this past weekend was one for simple no-cook recipes…
Did you know I “didn’t like this stuff” until just recently…
Not exactly sure what planet I was living on when I came up with that one.
Orzo. Round two.
And simple-to-serve cannellini beans.
Freshly chopped arugula…
Layered with steaming hot orzo…
And tossed gently so as to wilt the greens and cook them slightly.
Followed by some cannellini beans…
And seriously what could be considered one of my favorite foods ever that I about shrieked with joy over finding at our local Whole Foods.
Sadly, this is not a joke.
Cava Mezze harissa
Remember this “best meal of 2012” during my recent visit to Cava Mezze while visiting my bestie in D.C.?
Remember me raving about the harissa that they served with fresh, warm pita to start the meal?
Yea. This stuff. Find it. Buy it. And get ready to be amazed.
And what a great way to make a simple pasta salad into something super special!
Tomatoes, garlic, crushed red pepper, spices, olive oil.
Finish with just a bit of olive oil before really giving it a good toss.
Serve this cold, at room temp or even give it a quick heat in the microwave for a warm meal – do what ya want – it’s great any way! (I tried them all )
Have you ever had harissa before?
Spicy Harissa Orzo Arugula Salad
- 1.5 cups orzo (uncooked)
- 1 bunch arugula, washed & chopped
- 15 oz. can cannelini beans, drained & rinsed
- 4-5 tblsp harissa
- 2-3 tblsp olive oil
1. Boil orzo according to directions. While pasta boils, wash/chop arugula and rinse/drain beans.
2. Once pasta is done, drain. Add arugula to a large bowl and top with hot pasta, giving a good toss. Then add beans, harissa and olive oil, stirring until everything is incorporated evenly.
Serve! Cool, room temp or heated up if you want