Fall happens to be one of my favorite seasons for many different reasons: weather, food, boots, long jackets, fireplaces, NaNoWriMo… There are really too many for me to list.
Let’s start with food. I love pumpkin. Love it.
With life being hectic with NaNoWriMo and everything else that’s going on, I figured it was time to break out a can of pumpkin. Of course in doing so, I almost burnt the house down and ingested a bunch of poisonous fumes, but hey that’s life. (Note to reader and self: Do not accidentally put a silicone pot holder on the stove, under your pot after draining orzo, forget about it, then turn the stove on. Life will be a lot easier and your dog won’t imitate Lassie trying to get your attention.)
Sage Pumpkin Chicken Casserole mixed with cheesy goodness, chicken, and orzo. You can use this as a main dish or as a side. If you use it as a side, feel free to take out the chicken. This also works with left over chicken if you just want to throw that into the dish instead of cooking new chicken.
- 1 box (16 oz)Orzo
- 32 ozChicken Stock
- 2 cupsWater
- 1.5 lbsChicken
- 25 Sage Leaves, sliced
- 29 ozPumpkin Puree
- 2 clovesGarlic, minced
- 1 cupParmesan Cheese
- 1 cup Goat Cheese or Feta Cheese
- 3 TBSPButter
- 1 cupBread Crumbs (Garlic and Herb)
- 1 tspSalt
- 1 tspPepper
- Bring chicken stock and water to a boil. Add orzo and cook till done.
- While orzo is cooking, cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Use 1 TBSP of butter and brown chicken in a large pot (I used a dutch oven). Season chicken with salt and pepper to your liking (NOT the 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of pepper–that comes later).
- Slice sage into ribbons. You can do this by placing the leaves on top of each other and rolling them together. Slice with a sharp knife and unravel.
- Once chicken is browned, add pumpkin, garlic, sage, goat cheese, and parmesan into the pot with the chicken. Mix together and add salt and pepper.
- When orzo is done, drain, then add to the pot, mixing well.
- Place all ingredients in a buttered 11 x 8 baking dish.
- Melt 2 TBSP of butter and mix with 1 cup of bread crumbs until all of the crumbs become a little clumpy.
- Place crumbs on top of the dish and cover with foil.
- Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, remove foil and bake again for another 15 minutes.