Guest Post: One Pot Blend and Extend Orzo Bolognese by Carmy

We have a first-time guest in the kitchen! We’re thrilled to have Carmy of back with us, sharing a Blend & Extend-inspired dish. She’s re-working a childhood favourite, bringing mushrooms to the forefront of the dish! We know that this weeknight-wonder will be a hit.

Hello Mushroom Canada fam! Carmy (from here again with another guest post and video! I’m a lover of recipe developing, taking pretty photos of food, and eating all the foods – especially when there’s mushrooms involved.

The recipe that I have for you today is one that is near and dear to my heart. This One Pot Blend and Extend style Orzo Bolognese is very similar to a dish that my mother made for me throughout childhood and it’s a dish that I always turn to for comfort or if I need a quick meal.

As a picky eater, mushrooms were one of my favourite ingredients growing up. Mushrooms were and still are my go-to item to add to a dish if I’m not sure what else to add. So, when I was re-making this recipe recently, I decided to try the blend and extend method of adding mushrooms to a dish to bring an additional serving of vegetables to the recipe and add volume so the portions can be extended.

I’m a huge fan of portobello mushrooms so for this dish, I diced up an entire one (which added quite a bit of volume to the dish, see the video down below if you don’t believe me!) but you can use any mushroom you have on hand for this recipe. It blends seamlessly into the ground beef in the bolognese! Also, this orzo bolognese is a one pot dish so if you’re looking for an easy dish to whip up for dinner with minimal washing up after, this is the recipe for you!

One Pot Blend and Extend Orzo Bolognese
Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 30 mins

1 tbsp Olive Oil
4 cloves Garlic minced
1 large Onion diced
1 lb Ground Beef
1 Portobello Mushroom diced
12 oz Tomato Paste
4 cups Beef Stock
2 cups Orzo
1 cup Peas
handful Parmesan Cheese
sprinkle Parlsey
Salt + Pepper to taste

1. In your pan, put in your olive oil before sweating your onions and adding in garlic.
2. Add in your ground beef and cook til almost browned then add in your diced mushrooms with some salt and pepper.
3. Once the beef is cooked, add in your tomato paste and beef stock and mix together.
4. Once the mixture starts to bubble, pour in your orzo.
5. Stirring occasionally, cook until the orzo has soften and is ready to eat. But a bit before you think the orzo is done cooking, add the peas – they require the least amount of cooking!
6. Serve with some parmesan on top and parsley.


If you like this recipe, you may also want to try:
Honey Sriracha Turkey and Mushroom Meatballs
Portobello Mushroom Pizza
Charred Beef Steak and Veggies with Orzo Pasta

I love the ease and simplicity of this weeknight recipe! It’s a wonderfully quick dish, without skimping on flavour. Another big thanks to Carmy for sharing her creativity and delicious meal ideas.

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