Do you have a box of orzo hanging out in the back of your pantry? The one you impulsively bought but never got around to using? Because honestly, you’re not even sure what orzo is: Is it rice? Is it pasta? Well, you’re not alone, and now is the perfect time to put it to use. (And yes, orzo is kind of like rice but technically it’s a pasta).
If you rely on quick and easy weeknight dinners, or simply crave something comforting and delicious, it’s a good idea to keep a few orzo recipes in your back pocket. It cooks quickly like pasta, which means that you can get it on the table in practically no time. Plus, it’s so versatile – you can cook it like sort of like a risotto, make an orzo salad, or even bake it casserole-style.
Orzo rarely gets the spotlight, but it’s truly one of the best pantry items to keep on hand. Ready to get cooking? Here are 27 easy and delicious meals that start with orzo. It might just become your new favorite ingredient.