One Pot Orzo with Mushrooms, Browned Butter, and Thyme

Close up of orzo and mushrooms on a white plate with a sprig of thyme on top

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This Orzo with Mushrooms, Browned Butter, and Thyme comes together in only 30 minutes with one pot! It has deep, earthy, rich flavor, and is a great vegetarian side or meal.



  1. In a large skillet with a lid (or a dutch oven or large pot), melt the butter over high heat. Whisk constantly until it turns foamy and a deep brown color.
  2. Immediately add the onions and thyme. Be prepared for it to splatter a little bit! Stir and sauté for a minute until onions soften a bit.
  3. Add the mushrooms and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Stir to coat the mushrooms, then sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring only occasionally. This will allow the moisture from the mushrooms to be drawn out and evaporate effectively. The mushrooms are done when there is almost no moisture left if you stir it and they are a deep brown color.
  4. Add the orzo and stir to coat each piece in butter.
  5. Stir in the chicken broth / stock. Bring to a boil, turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes (or until orzo is fully cooked and liquid is absorbed), stirring occasionally so the orzo doesn’t stick.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.



Keywords: vegetarian, orzo, mushrooms, vegan