Creamy Pumpkin Orzo Skillet

Creamy Pumpkin Orzo Skillet

div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"As I become increasingly "old," I feel like I'm witnessing my perception of weekends changing so much. /span/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HUZEKQq31nk/UJ0GDFiJO1I/AAAAAAAACn4/AQZVos3JTIk/s1600/P1040508.JPG" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HUZEKQq31nk/UJ0GDFiJO1I/AAAAAAAACn4/AQZVos3JTIk/s400/P1040508.JPG" width="400" //aspan style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Back in college weekends were basically just an extension of the rest of the week. Exciting nonetheless, but when you're working part time and going to class even less... and let's be honest college was just a big party anyway.  /span/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"In the most recent years after graduating college weekends were a great way to revisit that college experience. Party all night, sleep until 11, 12 or even 1... etc. My only deterrence was this job thing that I had to do Monday-Friday./span/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y7ZH1mWhhMQ/UJ0GiEVLntI/AAAAAAAACow/RqKF3Dnq20/s1600/P1040515.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="480" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y7ZH1mWhhMQ/UJ0GiEVLntI/AAAAAAAACow/RqKF3Dnq20/s640/P1040515.JPG" width="640" //a/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"But now... I'm getting kinda "old." As in.. I find myself relating to Thought Catalog posts like a href="http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/top-ten-signs-youre-an-adult/"this one/a. As in.. last night I was going to go out, but had 2 glasses of wine and passed out before 10 PM. I mean, granted I was exceptionally tired, but I'm finding my weekends consisting of an increasing amount of "taking it easy tonight" and waking up around 8 AM. Which is great if you're going to puppy playtime (yea, it's probably what heaven is like) at 9 AM, but not so great if you want to attend anything that goes later than 12 AM./span/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Anyway, as I arose this morning around 7:30 (let's remember I went to sleep at 9:30 and a girl can only sleep so much), I realized how much more productive my weekends have become. I remember a time when I would have an issue getting anywhere before 12 PM. Now, I've shopped for groceries, played with puppies, and picked up my dry cleaning (yea that's another "adult" thing that's happening now) before 1. /spanspan style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"And now I'm blogging. And then I'm going to clean my apartment. Good God.. WHO AM I!?/span/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"I swear I'm going somewhere with all of this./span/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Anyway, anyone who can relate to anything I've said above knows what I'm talking about when I say that sometimes I'm too lazy to cook, but only because if I have to wash one extra dish it might be too much. Enter, the beauty of this orzo dish. One skillet! Plus of course a medium sized pot to cook your orzo, some measuring stuff, and a spatula. Thazit. And omgeee it's yum. And we've touched on how healthy pumpkin is a href="http://iliketocooksorryifyoudont.blogspot.com/2012/11/pumpkin-pepita-black-bean-quinoa.html"here/a right?/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divtable align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XFBK0RFwFjk/UJ0FagrBRqI/AAAAAAAACmw/YEsZQO6D33A/s1600/P1040499.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XFBK0RFwFjk/UJ0FagrBRqI/AAAAAAAACmw/YEsZQO6D33A/s400/P1040499.JPG" width="400" //a/td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"I'm a messy cook       ^/span/td/tr/tbody/tablebr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Soundtrack: /spanbr /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;"bCreamy Pumpkin Orzo Skillet/b/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Serves 4/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1 box whole wheat (or not) orzo pasta/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1-15 oz can cooked & pureed pumpkin/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1/2 c milk (I used 2%)/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1/2 c crumbled goat cheese/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1/2 c grated Pecorino Romano cheese (or Parmesan)/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1 tbsp dried sage/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1/2 tbsp a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleppo_pepper"aleppo pepper/a (or 1/4 tsp red pepper flake)/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1/2 tsp garlic powder/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1/2 tsp onion powder/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"~3-4 oz fresh baby spinach/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1/2 c panko crumbs/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Salt & pepper/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Cook orzo according to package instructions, drain and set aside./spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"In a large cast iron skillet over medium low heat, combine pumpkin, milk, goat cheese, Romano cheese and all herbs and spices (including salt & pepper) with a silicone spatula. Continue to stir sauce until cheeses are melted and mixture is warmed. /spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Stir in orzo and spinach. Continue to stir until pasta is coated and warmed. Spread evenly over skillet with the spatula. Sprinkle the top with panko crumbs./spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Place the skillet under the broiler on high for 4-5 minutes, or until the crumbs are browned and toasty./spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Serve warm./spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Enter, easy clean up./span

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