• Make the pilaf.
• Chop the almonds using the same food processor bowl used for the vegetables. No need to wash the bowl first.
• Prepare all ingredients.
• Make the recipe.
Fred Tasker’s wine suggestion: With this mild pasta dish I would serve a nice, friendly pinot grigio.
To buy: 1 bunch celery, 1 package sliced carrots, 1 green bell pepper, 1 tomato, 1 bottle ground cumin, 1 bottle ground cayenne pepper, 1 bottle ground coriander, 1 can low-sodium diced tomatoes, 1 package frozen peas, 1 container low-sodium vegetable broth, 1 package orzo and 1 package unsalted whole almonds.
Staples: Olive oil, minced garlic, onion, salt and black peppercorns.
NUTTY PASTA PILAF
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup sliced white onion
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1 cup sliced green bell pepper
3 tsp. ground cumin
3 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1 cup drained, low-sodium diced tomatoes
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/4 lb. orzo (scant 3/4 cup)
1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup coarsely chopped, unsalted almonds
1 tomato, sliced
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 1 minute. Add garlic, celery, carrots and green bell pepper. Saute 3 minutes. Add cumin, coriander and cayenne; mix with the vegetables. Saute 1 minute. Add the diced tomatoes, peas, orzo and vegetable broth. Stir to combine ingredients. Lower heat to medium, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water if skillet becomes dry. Add salt and pepper to taste. Divide between two dinner plates and sprinkle chopped almonds on top. Serve sliced tomatoes on the side. Makes 2 servings.
Per serving: 544 calories (35 percent from fat), 20.9 g fat (2.2 g saturated, 13.0 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 18.9 g protein, 76.2 g carbohydrates, 12.3 g fiber, 214 mg sodium.