prep time: tbd
cook time: tbd
servings: 4 - 6
2 tablespoon olive oil + more for drizzling
2 medium carrots - peeled and chopped
1 small fennel bulb - chopped
1 medium onion - chopped
2 cloves garlic - minced
red pepper flakes
2 teaspoon fresh rosemary
2 cups chicken broth
1 15-ounce can chickpeas - rinsed and rained
3/4 cup roughly chopped cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup orzo
1 quart loosely packed baby mustard greens or spinach (about 5 ounces)
chopped scallions - for garnish
1/4 cup finely grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese + more as needed
1. in a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. add the carrots, fennel and onion. cook until tender, about 5 - 7 minutes. add the garlic, red pepper and rosemary and cook another 2 minutes. pour in the broth plus an additional 2 cups water and bring to a boil.
2. once boiling, add the chickpeas, tomatoes and orzo. reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. simmer 10 minutes or until the orzo is tender. uncover and stir in the greens, letting them simmer until soft, about 2 minutes.
3. add more water if you want the mixture to be more souplike and season with salt and pepper. ladle into bowls and top with chopped scallions, grated cheese and a drizzle of oil oil.
- new york times, december 2013