Keep Orzo on Hand for a Quick Supper

Keep Orzo on Hand for a Quick Supper

Dana Velden
Mar 20, 2012

When you're looking for a quick supper, a bag of orzo is a good thing to have on hand. This small, rice-shaped pasta cooks up quickly and adds a nice, chewy texture to your dishes. It's a classic for pasta salads and soups, and can be baked in casseroles or cooked 'risotto-style' in broth. While orzo is rice-shaped, it is very different than rice in taste and texture. Still, it can substitute as a side starch if rice is too time-consuming.

Read on for a round up of orzo dishes from The Kitchn.

Note: Be careful not to substitute orzo for just any pasta in a dish. Its small shape and chewy texture calls for the other ingredients to be smaller in size as well. It really shines when cooked in a chicken broth, for example, with maybe a handful of peas and finished with a sprinkling of green onion and a few herbs.

Orzo Recipes from The Kitchn

Orzo with Fava Beans and Mint
Dinner Quick: Arugula with Orzo and Garden Tomatoes
Orzo with Caramelized Vegetables and Ginger
Orzo Salad with Rosemary Almonds and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Olga's Orzo with Summer Vegetables and Bacon
Erica's Asian-Inspired Chicken and Orzo Salad

What's your favorite way to serve orzo? Any favorite brands?

Related: Dinner Quick: Pasta with Feta, Broccoli, and Sausage

(Images: Emily Han, Chieftain WIld Rice)

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