Our slimming friendly Vegetable Stew with Orzo is a warming and hearty dish for a chilly day – perfect if you’re calorie counting or following Weight Watchers.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
But I’m a bit lazy, if truth be told. I’m not the biggest fan of slaving over a stove for hours on end to produce a nice meal that only I will see and taste.
I’m not spending THAT much time on myself.
So I turn to my trusty Instant Pot for some assistance.
I’m able to delicately (violently) chop some veg, peacefully (viciously) whip up some stock and lovingly (filled with hatred) put some other bits and bobs in the pot.
This means I’m able to get a lovely stew cooked in time for tea!
Best to start off with a pressure cook to make sure that all the veg is cooked, and then finish it off with a slow cook to make sure that all the flavours are at their very best.
I like to use the Instant Pot glass lid when slow cooking, so I can keep a beady eye on the contents.
The vegetables in this Vegetable Stew with Orzo are completely adaptable to your preferences.
You can always add a bit of meat into the mix too, just check for appropriate cooking times. Enjoy!
The Instant Pot
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If you’ve never heard of the Instant Pot you really should go and check it out over on Amazon. Imagine the best Slow Cooker in the world, then times that by a hundred. There’s not much that it can’t do!
It’s like a like a slow cooker/pressure cooker hybrid, and it’s probably one of our favourite, and most used kitchen gadgets here at Pinch of Nom. It makes cooking this Vegetable Stew with Orzo SO much easier. You can pick up an Instant Pot on Amazon.
How to make this Vegetable Stew with Orzo
Chop vegetables into even chunks
Add to the Instant Pot, along with the rest of the ingredients.
Set to a manual high pressure cook for 15 minutes and let the pressure release naturally
Then set on a slow cook for around an hour or so, depending on your preference
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