On my way from exploring Pastalicious , I got inspired to make a hearty pasta dish of my own. I wanted something filling but not so much that it would weigh me down. Searching through my favorite Food Network Star's--Giada De Laurentiis--recipes, I found one for Creamy Orzo. I've seen Giada make this on TV and it looked awesome.
To give this dish some protein, I added cubed chicken and sauteed it with diced tomatoes. I also put a lot less cream in my dish than Giada (1/2 cup vs. Giada's 1 1/4 cups). And while shredded parmigiano cheese seemed to disappear from my fridge, I added shredded smoked mozzarella (but I think that you can substitute whatever cheese you like). And finally, do not use 1 lb of Orzo as Giada suggests, unless you'd like to feed a small army. I used slightly less than 1/2 pound and Dan and I still have leftovers.
Dan uttered a lot of "Mmmms" after feasting on my/Giada's Creamy Chicken Orzo. Enjoy!