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Pasta Pilaf

2 tbsp butter

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 clove garlic, minced

2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

1 tsp dry basil

¼ cup water

1 cup dry orzo

1 cup frozen peas

½ cup heavy cream

¾ cup grated parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter I a large frying pan over medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Stir frequently and cook until the onion is tender but not brown.

Add the tomatoes, basil and ¼ cup of water; reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile in a 4 quart saucepan cook the orzo until tender (about 10 minutes). Drain.

Add the peas and cream to the tomato mixture and increase the heat to high bringing the mixture to a boil. Stir in the orzo.

Remove from the heat and stir in ½ cup of the parmesan cheese. Season with the salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with the remaining cheese on top.

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