RECIPES: Parmesan tilapia with creamy pesto orzo & red pepper

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  • 2 Tilapia Fillets
  • 6 oz. Green Beans
  • ½ cup Orzo Pasta
  • ½ tsp. Chicken Bouillon
  • ¼ cup. Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cup. Roasted Red Peppers
  • ¾ tbsp. Basil Pesto
  • ¾ tbsp. Light Mayonnaise
  • 4 pats Butter
  • Kosher Salt & Ground Black Pepper

Begin Preparations

  1. Preheat the oven on the broiler setting.
  2. .Combine 1 ¼ cups hot tap water with the chicken bouillon, let dissolve, then stir to combine.
  3. In a bowl, combine half of the parmesan cheese, half of the butter, and all of the mayonnaise.

Prepare Orzo Pasta

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the remaining butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the orzo pasta and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. The goal is to lightly toast the pasta, not to brown.
  3. Stir the reconstituted chicken broth into the toasted orzo and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. (set timer for 15 minutes)

Prepare Tilapia

  1. Season the tilapia with salt and pepper, and place on a foil lined baking sheet.
  2. Place fish in the broiler for 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the filets from the oven, turn them, and spread the cheese/butter/mayo mix to cover them. Leave oven turned on.

Prepare Green Beans

  1. Cut the green beans into one-inch lengths.
  2. When orzo has cooked for 10 minutes, add the green beans to the orzo and continue cooking both together.

Finish Tilapia

  • When the orzo pasta is done, return the fish to the oven for 3 more minutes until golden brown and flaking when tested with a fork.

Plate & Enjoy

  1. Stir the remaining cheese, pesto, and red peppers into the orzo. Season to taste with Kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  2. Plate as shown on the reverse and enjoy!


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