Risotto is a delicious, luxurious meal, but it demands a bit too much hands-on effort for a weeknight supper. This orzo dish has all of risotto's creaminess with a fraction of the work! A combination of Parmesan, mascarpone, and a nice dose of garlic makes this dish truly special.
Garlic can be a bit bitter when raw or overcooked, so be careful to make sure you cook yours just enough. It will continue to cook from the residual heat, so remove it from the oil before you think it's ready for crisp, sweet garlic with a rich yet mellow flavor.