best orzo pasta recipe

by Mr. Halle Gusikowski DDS Published 1 year ago Updated 5 months ago

What is Orzo and Favorite Recipes?

Use these general cooking instructions for four (¾-cup) servings of orzo:

  • In a large saucepan bring 3 quarts lightly salted water to boiling. ...
  • Add 8 ounces (about 1¼ cup) dried orzo. Boil the orzo about 10 minutes or until it has a firm, chewy texture, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking together.
  • Drain orzo in a colander. For the best flavor and texture, serve the orzo immediately after cooking. ...

What is a substitute for orzo pasta?

The best substitutes for orzo

  1. Arborio. Arborio is short Italian rice, a variety of superfino rice, and it has a high content of amylopectin starch which will give your dishes an extremely creamy consistency.
  2. Fregola. Fregola, also known as Sardinian couscous, is somewhere between pasta and grain – which makes it an ideal substitute for orzo.
  3. Couscous. ...
  4. Quinoa. ...
  5. Short-grain brown rice. ...

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What to make with orzo?

Orzo recipes

  • Oregano halloumi with orzo salad. ...
  • Asparagus & meatball orzo. ...
  • Courgette & orzo bake
  • Smoky cod, broccoli & orzo bake. ...
  • Orzotto with pancetta & peas. ...
  • Shellfish, orzo & saffron stew
  • Chorizo, orzo & sweetcorn summer stew. ...
  • Greek lamb with orzo
  • Charred cauliflower, lemon & caper orzo. ...
  • Herby orzo & lemon salad. ...

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Where can I find orzo recipes?

Shrimp and Orzo Lemon Soup

  • 3/4 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 c. low sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 c. uncooked orzo
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice

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Is orzo healthier than pasta?

Orzo is commonly made from white flour, but it can be made from whole-grain flour as well, making it a healthier pasta option.

How do you keep orzo from getting mushy?

Stir in a little butter or olive oil to prevent it from sticking together (Again, this is best if you're not adding a sauce as the fat prevents sauces from clinging, but it's better than dealing with a brick of cooked orzo!). Cover the pasta and let it stand no more than 15 minutes.

How does Martha Stewart cook orzo?

DirectionsHeat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add orzo; cook, stirring, until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add 4 cups water and lemon zest, and season with salt and pepper; bring to a boil. ... Remove from heat. Stir in olives, parsley, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and lemon juice.

Should orzo be rinsed before cooking?

Test Kitchen Tip: Rinse the orzo only if it will be baked or served cool in a salad. Otherwise, do not rinse; rinsing removes a light coating of starch that helps sauces and seasonings cling to the pasta.

Why do people Toast orzo before cooking?

Toasted orzo adds color and flavor. Toasting is nice to do when mixing the orzo with rice in pilaf but you can also use toasted orzo as the main ingredient in a risotto-like dish in which the orzo takes the place of Arborio rice or a grain like barley.

What is the ratio of water to orzo?

Boil 1/2 cups water for each cup orzo. Add 1/4 tsp salt, then the orzo and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente and most of the water is absorbed, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let stand an additional 2 minutes.

Can orzo be toasted?

Toast and cook the orzo. First, warm up some extra virgin olive oil in your cooking pot and add the orzo. Toss it around until toasted beautiful golden brown.

How do you make orzo butter?

InstructionsIn a large saucepan over high heat, bring water to a boil. Add orzo. Cover and reduce heat to medium. ... Drain orzo and return to pan. Stir in butter, lemon zest and juice, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper until well blended. Spoon into a large serving dish and sprinkle with grated Parmesan.

Is orzo a noodle?

Orzo is a type of pasta that looks like rice but is actually pasta made from a whole grain, semolina, or white flour.

Is orzo healthier than rice?

Whole-wheat orzo Whole-wheat orzo packs more fiber and protein than regular orzo, which makes it the healthier choice. Still, it's fairly high in calories, providing about 50% more calories than an equal serving of white rice.

Do you boil orzo?

How to Cook Orzo. The easiest way to prepare orzo is to heat a pot of salted water and add the pasta once the water begins to boil. Cook until the pasta reaches al dente, approximately 8 to 10 minutes or as the package indicates.

Are orzo and risotto the same?

No, orzo and risotto are not the same thing. Risotto is a creamy, decadent Italian dish made from rice and broth. Orzo is a grain-shaped type of pasta. While orzo can be used as a substitute for Arborio rice in making risotto, they are not the same thing.

How to Make our Quick and Easy Orzo Pasta

If you’re wondering, “What is orzo pasta?” then let’s get that out of the way first. Orzo is a small flat oval-shaped pasta that takes very little time to cook. We love it and have already shared our Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad with you. This time, we’re sharing a fast and easy way to get a delicious dinner on the table.

Orzo Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil and Parmesan

We’re in love with this easy orzo pasta recipe. There’s quick-to-cook orzo, tomatoes, basil, parmesan, and lots of garlic. Get this meal on the table in less than 20 minutes!

You Will Need

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, depending on how spicy you like the pasta


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the orzo and cook according to the package directions — usually 8 to 10 minutes. Before draining the cooked orzo, reserve 1/3 cup of the pasta water (we use this to make the sauce).

Adam and Joanne's Tips

Use canned tomatoes: Canned tomatoes work when you don’t have fresh tomatoes on hand. Diced canned tomatoes or whole canned tomatoes that have been chopped or torn into smaller pieces are best.

Orzo with Chicken and Artichokes

Orzo with Artichokes, Balsamic vinegar and Chicken -- as easy as A-B-C! Pancetta, spinach, and toasted pine nuts also play tasty parts in this pasta dish! This is a great way to use up leftover roast chicken (or turkey) meat!

Mushroom Orzo

After eating at an 'Italian' chain restaurant and loving this side dish, I went home and tried to recreate it. This is the recipe I finally came up with.

Orzo Pasta Salad

Great tasting pasta salad that I tend to eat way too much of... Feel free to make day before or morning of. Great for parties, just keep covered in refrigerator.

Orzo with Mushrooms and Walnuts

This recipe makes quite a bit. Everyone I've prepared it for loves it. You can easily cut the recipe in half.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Inspired by Panera Bread's version, this soup delivers on flavor. Tender chicken in a lemony broth with orzo pasta, carrots, onions, celery, and baby spinach. This has quickly become one of my family's very favorite soup recipes.

Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

This is a simple recipe that everyone loves. For a quick Mediterranean macaroni and cheese, omit the basil. Easily doubled, too!

Italian Wedding Soup I

Make a little extra to send on the honeymoon! This lovely soup combines extra lean ground beef made into meatballs with thinly sliced escarole or spinach, orzo macaroni, and finely chopped carrot.

The Best Orzo Pasta Recipes

You are going to be absolutely in love with these amazing Orzo Pasta recipes. These recipes have become absolute favorites of mine and my family.

1. Orzo Pasta Salad

From The Recipe Critic :: Click HERE for the RECIPE This orzo pasta salad is filled with fresh veggies and has a fresh lemon taste. Perfect for your next potluck!

2. Orzo Pasta with Spinach and Parmesan

From Life Tastes Good :: Click HERE for the RECIPE Orzo Pasta with Spinach and Parmesan is an easy recipe using fresh ingredients to maximize flavor. It makes an impressive side dish, but if you want an easy all-in-one meal, just add chicken for a delicious dinner that’s quick and easy any night of the week.

3. Mediterranean Strawberry Orzo Pasta Salad

From The Mediterranean Dish :: Click HERE for the RECIPE This strawberry orzo pasta salad features some of my favorite Mediterranean flavors. So little effort to the perfect potluck salad!

4. Orzo Pasta Salad with Chicken and Roasted Vegetables

From Spicy Southern Kitchen :: Click HERE for the RECIPE Orzo Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken and Roasted Vegetables is a one bowl meal that’s full of flavor. It’s loaded with zucchini, red onion, red bell pepper, and cherry tomatoes, plus a little crumbled feta cheese and fresh dill.

5. Southwest Orzo Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

From The Recipe Critic :: Click HERE for the RECIPE Orzo pasta that is filled with corn, black beans, cilantro, avocado and cherry tomatoes. The cilantro lime ranch dressing on top is incredible!

6. One Pot Garlic Parmesan Orzo With Spinach and Mushrooms

From Peas and Crayons :: Click HERE for the RECIPE This One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Orzo with Spinach and Mushrooms is blanketed in a totally luscious sauce and swirled with veggies. This tasty vegetarian side dish also double as a main course!

What is orzo?

While orzo may be shaped like rice, it is a tiny pasta. It is most often made from wheat semolina flour or white flour but whole wheat and gluten-free orzo options are now widely available. It cooks up quickly in just about 7 to 8 minutes, which makes it an ideal add-in for dishes as well as a quick and easy side dish.

How to cook orzo?

You cook orzo pasta just as you would any other pasta - in boiling, salted water (for 1 ½ cups of orzo, you'll need about 7 cups of boiling water).

What you'll need to make this orzo pasta recipe

This Mediterranean-style toasted orzo pasta is made with just a few ingredients with bold flavors. Here is what you'll need to make it:

How to make Mediterranean-style toasted orzo

Here is how to make this kicked-up orzo for the perfect side or little vegetarian meal:

Tips for success

If this is your first time cooking toasted orzo, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Serve it with

As I mentioned above, while this toasted orzo pasta recipe was intended as a way to spruce up a plain side, you can easily turn it into a meal on its own! It would make a great vegetarian meal for sure.

How to store leftovers

Leftover orzo can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop for best results (or the microwave in a pinch) and note that you may need to add a splash of water to prevent it from drying out.

Roasted Vegetable Orzo

Dry white wine and chicken bouillon cubes are the sercret ingredients to this roasted veggie pasta salad. Recipe creator Michelle recommends serving with chicken or on its own.

Chicken Florentine Salad with Orzo Pasta

"I have made this a dozen times and everyone always loves it and asks for the recipe," raves five-star reviewer David, who suggests making this pasta salad the night before you plan to serve it.

Greek Orzo Salad

Made with canned artichokes and canned black olives, this colorful Greek salad is deceptively simple. Make sure to chill for at least an hour in the fridge before serving.

Orzo and Tomato Salad

"A cold pasta salad with orzo, green olives, feta cheese, parsley, dill, tomato, olive oil, and lemon juice," according to recipe creator COZYCUISINE. "As a personal chef, I can let you know that my clients love this dish."

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

"This light and refreshing cold pasta salad is loaded with the flavors of the Mediterranean, and pairs well with grilled proteins, such as fish, pork, chicken or steak," says recipe creator Kim's Cooking Now.

Orzo and Zucchini Salad

This make-ahead pasta salad — which calls for only seven ingredients — was developed with casual outdoor dining in mind, according to recipe creator CALISPICEGIRL .

Mediterranean Chicken and Orzo Salad In Red Pepper Cups

"This yummy recipe won my mom a blue ribbon at the Wisconsin State Fair," says recipe creator geranium. "It is very beautiful and flavorful!"

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