Orzo Recipes

Get creative with orzo in soups, salads, side dishes, and more.

Creative Cooking with Orzo

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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.

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Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi

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Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi

Indulge in the flavor of the Mediterranean with plump shrimp tossed with lemon and pepper. Serve over parsley orzo with sautéed asparagus for a fine accompaniment and complete dish.

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Chicken and Orzo Skillet Dinner

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Chicken and Orzo Skillet Dinner

This skillet dish is ready in under 40 minute and when paired with a simple side salad, makes for a delightful weeknight dinner.

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Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing

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Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing

This tasty and colorful orzo salad gets a spicy kick from its buttermilk dressing which includes chili powder and ground red pepper.

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Orzo Salad with Radish and Fennel

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Orzo Salad with Radish and Fennel

Lemony dressing and fresh mint add vibrant flavor to this pasta salad. Serve chilled or at room temperature, and garnish with pretty mint leaves for presentation.

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Chicken and White Bean Soup

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Chicken and White Bean Soup

Cannellini beans, native to Tuscany, work beautifully in this rustic soup because they hold their shape after simmering in the flavorful broth. In addition, the orzo pasta absorbs all of the right flavors of this warming dish.

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Herb-Crusted Chicken and Parsley Orzo

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Herb-Crusted Chicken and Parsley Orzo

At only 342 calories per serving for both the chicken and orzo,, this complete dish is an ideal, healthy (and tasty) choice to serve to family and friends.

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Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken

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Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken

This quick and easy orzo-based salad is made from fresh ingredients and boasts of full flavors and rich textures.

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Chicken Orzo Soup

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Chicken Orzo Soup

Nothing says comfort like a bowl of hearty chicken soup. Pair with a sandwich for a simple, comforting dinner option.

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Herbes de Provence Lamb Chops with Orzo

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Herbes de Provence Lamb Chops with Orzo

Try your hand at a little French cuisine in the comforts of your own home, with this lamb chop and orzo recipe. Garnish each plate with a lemon wedge and thyme sprig, and pair with a glass of fruity red wine to create a Provençal menu.

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Mediterranean Salmon Salad

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Mediterranean Salmon Salad

Ready in under 30 minutes, this quick salad may be low in calories, but it’s great in taste! Tip: shorter pastas like orzo generally cook faster than the longer varieties, so keep a close watch as you cook to avoid an unwanted texture.

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Chicken Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese

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Chicken Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese

This delicious salad is ready in a snap thanks to rotisserie chicken and a four-ingredient vinaigrette. Leftover salad is also good the next day for lunch; stir in a handful of arugula to add a fresh touch, if you have extra on hand. Serve with pita wedges.

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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Chicken noodle soup is probably the top comfort food of all time. This recipe requires time and dedication since you'll need to start a day ahead to prepare the tasty homemade broth, but its nutritional value and great taste make it worth the extra work.

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Sautéed Flounder and Spicy Rémoulade

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Sautéed Flounder and Spicy Rémoulade

Flounder is a sustainable choice for dinner and is best served with rémoulade and a side of parsley orzo.

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Chickpea and Orzo Dinner Salad

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Chickpea and Orzo Dinner Salad

An easy four-ingredient dressing brings bright flavor to a dinner salad packed with fresh veggies, herbs, and feta cheese.

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Pan-Grilled Snapper with Orzo Pasta Salad

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Pan-Grilled Snapper with Orzo Pasta Salad

Orzo cooks quickly and soaks up flavor from the vinaigrette. Double the vinaigrette and spoon some over the top of the fish for even more flavor, if you like.

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Seared Scallops with Lemon Orzo

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Seared Scallops with Lemon Orzo

Serve this easy but impressive meal with a green salad, garlic bread, and a crisp white wine. Tip: Sear the scallops while the orzo cooks to save time and ensure the dish stays warm until mealtime.

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Quick Avgolemono, Orzo, and Chicken Soup

Quick Avgolemono, Orzo, and Chicken Soup

Avgolemono (ahv-goh-LEH-moh-noh) is a tangy Greek chicken soup that combines chicken broth, eggs, and lemon juice. Traditional versions include rice; our interpretation uses orzo for a unique twist.

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Orzo, Corn, and Roasted Bell Pepper Salad

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Orzo, Corn, and Roasted Bell Pepper Salad

Grilling the vegetables lends this pasta salad a pleasant, smoky flavor. You can prepare and chill it up to a day ahead. To save time, drain and chop a seven-ounce jar of roasted red bell peppers. Slide a skewer or toothpick through the red onion to hold them together as they cook.

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Pasta Risotto with Fennel

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Pasta Risotto with Fennel

The entire fennel plant is used in this recipe, so purchase one with fresh-looking fronds. The bulb adds flavor, while the feathery green fronds finish the dish. The wine is added with a broth to keep more of the wine flavor and balance the licorice hint from the fennel.

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Shrimp and Orzo with Cherry Tomatoes and Romano Cheese

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Shrimp and Orzo with Cherry Tomatoes and Romano Cheese

This 5-star shrimp and orzo recipe has simple ingredients, but it is full of flavor. Parmesan cheese works in this dish, too, if you don't have pecorino Romano on hand. Serve leftovers as a great cold pasta salad for lunch.

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