Get creative with orzo in soups, salads, side dishes, and more. Orzo, a type of short-cut pasta, looks a lot like a grain. Orzo is delicious in pilaf or risotto-style dishes. It's also great on its own as a side, stirred into soups and stews, or as the base of a hearty dish. Because of its petite size, orzo is also quick-cooking, which makes it a great alternative to typical spaghetti for a fast weeknight dinner.
Creative Cooking with Orzo
Shaped liked a melon seed or a large grain of rice, orzo works well as a side dish and in soups, casseroles, and salads.
In our first risotto-style dish, Orzotto with Green and White Asparagus, orzo takes the place of Arborio rice, turning rich and creamy as it is stirred to doneness. Tender asparagus and fresh lemon zest add the welcome flavors of spring.