The 78th recipe I made with the Eating with Ellie group is Lemon-Thyme Orzo Pilaf, and can be found in Ellie Krieger's book Weeknight Wonders, on page 263. The theme for the week was chosen by Gaye: Perfect Pasta.
The Parmesan melts into the pasta giving it that cheesy goodness that I love with any kind of pasta (sometimes I think it is really the cheese I'm going for and not the actual pasta). The chicken broth gives it a savory flavor as do the shallots and tomatoes. The lemon just makes it all sing. All of the ingredients are simple, the directions are all simple, and it is all weeknight friendly as it takes hardly any time at all. We served it with baked chicken on a bed of lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of fresh ground pepper. Make enough for leftovers as it reheats well in the microwave and/or it is also great morphed into a pasta salad...I did a little of each.