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.