15 Ways to Eat Orzo for Dinner

15 Ways to Eat Orzo for Dinner

Sheela Prakash
May 14, 2018
(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Keep a stash of orzo in your pantry and you can feel confident that an easy dinner the whole family will love is never far from reach. The small, rice-shaped pasta cooks up quickly and can be turned into an infinite number of meals, which makes it a superhero in the kitchen — especially on busy weeknights.

These 15 recipes show just how capable this little pasta is, whether it's tossed into soups, cooked like risotto, or baked into a casserole.

Soups and Salads

Orzo's petite, rice-like size makes it perfect for easily slurping up with a spoon from your bowl of soup or grabbing a forkful of it in salad form. It's a common addition to traditional Greek avgolemono soup, and brings something new to the same ol' chicken Caesar salad routine.

One-Pot Wonders

Since orzo is small, it cooks up incredibly fast. That makes it an all-star ingredient when you're taking about one-pot or one-pan meals. Cook some veggies or meat; add the orzo with some broth, water, or milk; and let the liquid absorb into the pasta to cook it and leave behind a creamy sauce.

Other Orzo Favorites

It doesn't just stop at soup and one-pot dinners. Add cooked orzo to a big pan full of sautéed veggies and it crisps up and adds bulk to the meal. Or use it as a bed for just about any protein (although seared scallops are especially nice).

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