Halloumi with Pan Sauceand orzo / green beans
A quick pan sauce can add an easy, elegant touch to a simple weeknight meal. Sour cream gives the sauce in this recipe a rich texture and tangy flavor. A version of this recipe was featured in 2016.
- Pasta, uncooked orzo - 3/4 cup (sub any small pasta shape)
- Chives (opt) - 2 tsp, chopped
- Cheese, Halloumi - 8 oz, 1" / 2.5 cm slices (sub tofu)
- Flour, all-purpose - 1/3 cup
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
- Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
- Stock, any type - 1 cup
- Lemon juice - 2 Tbsp
- Sour cream - 1/3 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
- Green beans - 1 lb, trimmed
- Butter - 2 Tbsp
- Lemons - 1, zest of
- Almonds, sliced - 1/4 cup
- Pasta - Cook according to package directions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Green beans - Trim green beans. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Chives (if using) - Chop chives. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
- Halloumi - Rinse with water to remove excess salt from halloumi. Slice into 1” / 2.5 cm slices. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
- Prep breading - Whisk together flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil. Working in batches if needed, quickly coat halloumi slices in breading (shake off excess) and transfer halloumi to heated oil.
- Sear halloumi on both sides until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes total. Set halloumi aside and cover to keep warm.
- When all of the halloumi is cooked, return pan to heat and add stock and lemon juice, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Simmer sauce until it reduces down to nearly the thickness of oil, 3 to 4 minutes. (Note: be patient with this step. Reducing the liquid significantly is what will prevent the sauce from "breaking" when you add the sour cream.)
- While pan sauce reduces, place green beans in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on high until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Toss green beans with butter and lemon zest. Season with some salt and pepper. Top with almonds.
- Return to pan sauce when it has reduced. Remove from heat and whisk in sour cream and chives. Season with some salt and pepper.
- If pasta was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
- Serve halloumi slices over orzo with pan sauce on top. Enjoy green beans on the side.
I was looking forward to this. The sauce had a slightly too lemony taste but it was all still great!0 Helpful
The sauce was amazing!0 Helpful
My family loved this meal and asked me to make it again! Slight changes: I used whole einkorn flour for the breading. I used ditalini (ran out of orzo) and added a little olive oil, sour cream, and chives after draining it. Simple yet delicious! Update: Made the chicken and sauce again. So good! I served it with rice and sweet potato fries.0 Helpful
Took me a while to find Halloumi but it was so worth it.0 Helpful
I was surprised by how much I liked this. I subbed soft tofu and greek yogurt, but it was creamy and tangy and really good.0 Helpful
Simple and delicious. Per other reviews, I doubled the sauce recipe and it was perfect.0 Helpful