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Caprese Orzo Salad

I always love a classic caprese salad, but sometimes it is fun to mix it up (caprese sandwich, caprese garlic bread, and caprese pizza). I also love this Caprese Orzo Salad. It has all of the flavors of a classic caprese salad, but it is hearty thanks …

I always love a classic caprese salad, but sometimes it is fun to mix it up (caprese sandwich, caprese garlic bread, and caprese pizza). I also love this Caprese Orzo Salad. It has all of the flavors of a classic caprese salad, but it is hearty thanks to the addition of orzo. I love orzo…

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Orzo Pasta Salad

This orzo pasta salad recipe is the perfect side dish or lunch! Bursting with flavor, it’s loaded with fresh veggies…

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This orzo pasta salad recipe is the perfect side dish or lunch! Bursting with flavor, it’s loaded with fresh veggies and feta cheese.

Orzo pasta salad

Need an easy side dish or lunch idea? This orzo pasta salad recipe is bursting with flavor and the perfect accessory for any meal. It stars the tender pasta grains with crunchy veggies, salty feta cheese, fresh herbs and a zippy vinaigrette dressing. The best part? It tastes great for days! Leftovers hold up well in the fridge, making it perfect for lunches throughout the week too.

Ingredients in orzo pasta salad

This orzo pasta salad recipe is simple to put together: it’s a matter of cooking pasta, chopping veggies, and making a quick vinaigrette! The flavor profile has Mediterranean or Greek vibe, bursting with fresh herbs, lemon and olive oil. You can also add any vegetables you like! Here’s what you’ll need for the base salad:

  • Orzo
  • English cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Shallot
  • Fresh oregano and parsley
  • Lemon juice and lemon zest
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Garlic powder, dried dill, and salt
  • Olive oil
  • Feta cheese crumbles
Orzo

Types of orzo

Orzo is a small pasta that’s shaped like grains of rice. Known as risoni in Italy, it can be served in various ways: as a side dish, pilaf, as part of an orzo salad, or in soups. There are several sizes of orzo available in stores; we prefer the medium grains that are about the size of grains of rice. You can also find different colors of orzo, like tricolor orzo that’s colored naturally with sundried tomatoes and spinach.

Variations and mix-ins

This orzo pasta salad is easily customizable to the ingredients you have on hand or your flavor preferences! It would be perfect with Kalamata olives like in a Greek pasta salad, or whatever vegetables are hiding in your refrigerator. Here are a few ideas for adding to this orzo pasta salad:

  • Kalamata olives
  • Red pepper, diced
  • Jarred roasted red pepper, diced
  • Broccoli, cut into very small florets
  • Red onion slices
  • Zucchini, small diced
  • Spinach or kale, chopped
Orzo pasta salad

Orzo pasta salad storage info

This orzo pasta salad recipe tastes great the day it is made, but it stores very well! You can also make it in advance and refrigerate until serving, or keep it refrigerated as a lunch idea to eat throughout the week. Here are a few tips for storage:

  • This orzo pasta salad lasts for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. It’s ideal for making ahead or healthy lunches throughout the week.
  • Refresh the flavors before serving. Bring the salad to room temperature. Then stir in a drizzle of olive oil and a bit more crumbled feta cheese. You may or may not need an extra pinch of salt.

Ways to serve it

Pasta salad recipes are fun and versatile: they work with just about anything! They’re great for a summer dinner with any grilled main, or with fish, chicken, or vegetarian mains. Or add pita bread for a light lunch! Here are a few great ways to serve it:

Orzo pasta salad

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Orzo pasta salad

Orzo Pasta Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 to 6

Description

This orzo pasta salad recipe is the perfect side dish or lunch! Bursting with flavor, it’s loaded with fresh veggies and feta cheese.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry orzo pasta (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/2 English cucumber, small diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (2 cups)
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano (or ½ teaspoon dried)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice, plus zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup feta cheese crumbles
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Fill a medium pot with 10 cups water and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, add the orzo and stir. Bring the pot back to a boil, then boil for about 8 minutes until the orzo is tender. Place the orzo in a strainer to drain, then rinse it under cold water until it comes to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the fresh vegetables and herbs as noted in the ingredient list.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, garlic, garlic powder, dill, and kosher salt. Then whisk in the olive oil.
  4. Once the orzo is done, add it to the large bowl of dressing and toss with the chopped vegetables and herbs. Add the feta cheese and fresh ground black pepper and stir to combine.
  5. Taste and add more salt to taste if necessary. Serve immediately. Stores up to 5 days refrigerated (leftovers taste great; allow to come to room temperature and add a swirl more olive oil or a bit more cheese or salt as necessary).
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Pasta salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Orzo pasta salad, orzo pasta salad recipe, orzo salad

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Creamy Orzo with Asparagus and Peas

This delicious, creamy orzo pasta dish with asparagus and peas is fresh, bright, and lemony – the perfect spring dinner. Plus, it’s vegan and dairy-free. Creamy Orzo with Asparagus and Peas This quick orzo pasta is a great back-pocket weeknight recipe …

This delicious, creamy orzo pasta dish with asparagus and peas is fresh, bright, and lemony – the perfect spring dinner. Plus, it’s vegan and dairy-free. Creamy Orzo with Asparagus and Peas This quick orzo pasta is a great back-pocket weeknight recipe when you want to skip the meat and dairy. It has the same creamy

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Creamy Chicken And Orzo Skillet

When you think you don’t have time to cook, try this easy and super tasty Creamy Chicken and Orzo Skillet! Bonus: It cooks in one pan!

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When you’re having one of those days when you think you don’t have time to cook anything, try this easy, buttery, and super tasty Creamy Chicken and Orzo Skillet! It’s hearty, rich, comforting, and a perfect dinner for when you want to do anything but spend time in the kitchen. Bonus: it cooks in one pan! Can you ask for anything more?

Overhead shot of Creamy Chicken and Orzo in a silver skillet.

What is Orzo?

Orzo is a tiny football-shaped pasta that looks like rice but cooks much faster. Like rice, it soaks up all the water it’s cooked in, so you don’t have to worry about draining. That makes it an excellent choice for a speedy one-pan meal.

What You’ll Need

You are just a few spices and a handful of ingredients away from an incredible dinner! Here’s what you’ll need to make this Creamy Chicken And Orzo Skillet.

  • Seasoning Blend– We’re making our own with paprika, oregano, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. In a pinch, you can also use a heaping tablespoon of your favorite seasoning blend, though you should steer clear of anything super salty.
  • Boneless Chicken Thighs– These cook much faster than bone-in chicken thighs and their juices help flavor the orzo.
  • Yellow Onion– Adds depth and a subtle sweetness to the dish.
  • Garlic– Also adds depth and lends a slight nuttiness when cooked.
  • Orzo– This pasta cooks quickly and adds bulk. If you don’t have access to orzo, substitute it with a quick-cooking pasta like ditalini or pearl couscous. You can also use rice, but you’ll have to adjust the cooking time so it has enough time to cook.
  • Vegetable Broth– You need a liquid to cook the orzo and this broth does the trick without overpowering the dish. You can substitute it with water or chicken broth.
  • Cream– Creates a velvety, creamy sauce.
  • Butter– Helps pull the sauce together.
  • Parmesan– Adds depth and a touch of saltiness to the sauce. It also helps give it texture.

What Can You Serve With Creamy Chicken And Orzo?

This creamy Chicken and Orzo Skillet pairs well with a fresh side salad or roasted veggies. Some great options include:

How To Store Leftovers

The orzo will absorb much of the creamy sauce it’s cooked in, but the leftovers are still tasty. Store in the fridge for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. However, do this within two hours of cooking the dish. Chicken left at room temperature any longer than that can contain enough harmful bacteria to give you food poisoning. You can also freeze leftovers for up to 2 months in an airtight container. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat on a stovetop or in the microwave until the chicken is steaming.

Close up shot of Creamy Chicken And Orzo.
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Creamy Chicken And Orzo Skillet

When you think you don't have time to cook, try this easy, buttery, and super tasty Creamy Chicken and Orzo Skillet! Bonus: It cooks in onepan!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Total Cost ($7.18 recipe / $1.80 serving)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 779kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp paprika $0.10
  • 1 tsp dried oregano $0.10
  • 1 tsp dried thyme $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp pepper $0.02
  • 1.25 lbs boneless chicken thighs (4-5 thighs) $4.23
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil $0.08
  • 1 yellow onion, diced $0.32
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced $0.11
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo $0.32
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth $0.23
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream $0.71
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter $0.30
  • 1/4 cup parmesan $0.44

Instructions

  • Add the paprika, dried oregano, dried thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to a small bowl. Mix until combined.
  • Blot the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel, then season both sides liberally with the seasoning blend.
  • Heat a large deep skillet over medium and add the cooking oil. Add the seasoned chicken thighs and cook undisturbed until well browned, about 5 minutes. Flip and repeat on the other side. Remove the chicken from the pan.
  • Turn the heat down to low, and add the onion and garlic. Saute until the onions are translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the orzo and chicken broth to the skillet and stir well to help dissolve the crispy browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Return the chicken to the pan and nestle it down into the orzo.
  • Place a lid on the skillet, turn the heat up to medium-high, and let the broth come to a full boil. Then turn the heat down to low. Let the skillet simmer for about 15 minutes or until most of the broth is absorbed.
  • After about 15 minutes, the orzo should be tender and most of the broth absorbed, but there will still be a little sauce in the skillet. Remove the chicken from the skillet.
  • Add the cream and the butter to the skillet. Stir and heat over low until the butter melts and the cream is hot.
  • Add the Parmesan and stir to combine.
  • Finally, return the chicken to the skillet. If desired, garnish with parsley.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 779kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 50g | Sodium: 911mg | Fiber: 3g

How to Make Creamy Chicken And Orzo Skillet – Step by Step Photos

Add 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to a small bowl. Mix until combined.

Blot the 1.25 pounds of chicken thighs dry with a paper towel, then season both sides liberally with the seasoning blend.

Heat a large deep skillet over medium. Once hot, add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. Add the seasoned chicken thighs and cook undisturbed until well browned, about 5 minutes. Flip and repeat on the other side. Remove the chicken from the pan and place it on a clean plate. The chicken will finish cooking when simmered with the orzo.

Turn the heat down to low and add the diced onion and 2 cloves of minced garlic to the skillet. Saute until the onions are translucent, about 3 minutes.

Add the 1/2 cup orzo and the 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth to the skillet and stir well to help dissolve the crispy browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Then return the chicken to the pan and nestle it down into the orzo.

Place a lid on the skillet, turn the heat up to medium-high, and let the broth come to a full boil. Then turn the heat down to low. Let the skillet simmer for about 15 minutes or until most of the broth is absorbed. If at any point it stops simmering, increase the heat slightly until it starts to simmer again.

After about 15 minutes, the orzo should be tender and most of the broth absorbed, but there will still be a little sauce in the skillet. Remove the chicken from the skillet.

Then add the 1/2 cup of cream and the 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet. Stir and heat over low until the butter melts and the cream is hot.

Next, add the 1/4 cup parmesan and stir to combine.

Finally, return the chicken to the skillet. If you’d like, garnish with chopped Italian parsley and serve. Pair with a side salad or roasted veggies for an incredibly filling meal! Wasn’t that easy?

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One Pot Lemon Pepper Chicken with Orzo

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Orzo is a zesty one-pot meal featuring juicy chicken thighs, orzo, feta, and lemon pepper for tons of flavor!

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Welcome to another episode of “How can so few ingredients make such a delicious meal?!” One-pot meals are a miracle, my friends, and this Lemon Pepper Chicken with Orzo is the perfect example. This dish is packed with flavor thanks to a hefty dose of lemon pepper, chicken broth, juicy chicken thighs, and a pop of feta at the end. Plus, it’s fast, easy, and barely anything to clean up afterward. :)

Originally posted 8/5/2015, updated 8/15/2022.

Overhead view of lemon pepper chicken and orzo in the skillet with a napkin and parsley on the sides.

What’s in Lemon Pepper Chicken with Orzo

For this skillet meal, I liberally seasoned some bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs with lemon pepper, then combined it with some orzo, chicken broth, and parsley. Everything gets cooked together in one pot so that orzo soaks up all the flavor from both the chicken thighs and the broth, and not a drop of flavor is lost. It’s so simple, yet so good. Add a quick little side salad with fresh greens and you’ve got a five-star dinner (and very few dishes to clean). Victory!

Can I Use Boneless Chicken?

I used bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for this recipe, but you can use boneless thighs or breasts if you prefer. The chicken will cook a little faster if you use boneless and you might miss out on a little bit of the flavor that comes with bone-in chicken. Also, be aware that chicken breasts do tend to dry out faster than chicken thighs, so the end product won’t be quite as juicy.

Tips for Cooking One Pot Pasta

Getting one pot pasta meals to cook just right can take a little practice, but here are a few tips to make sure your pasta cooks evenly and all the way through without leaving too much liquid behind:

  • Use a heavy or thick-bottomed piece of cookware. Thin cookware doesn’t cook evenly and can leave some pasta undercooked and some pasta overcooked. A deep skillet or Dutch Oven will work well for this recipe.
  • Use a burner that is close in size to the bottom of your pot or pan. If the burner is a lot smaller than the width of the pan, you may have trouble getting the outside edges to cook evenly.
  • Make sure the broth is simmering the whole time. Heat settings on ranges can vary, so you may need to adjust the heat up or down slightly to maintain a simmer in the broth.

Lemon pepper chicken and orzo in a shallow bowl with a fork.

Overhead view of a pot full of lemon pepper chicken and orzo.

One Pot Lemon Pepper Chicken with Orzo

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Orzo is a zesty one-pot meal featuring juicy chicken thighs, orzo, feta, and lemon pepper for tons of flavor!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Total Cost $7.54 recipe / $1.89 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 612kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs* $3.74
  • 2 Tbsp lemon pepper seasoning $0.60
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 2 cups chicken broth $0.26
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley $0.20
  • 1.5 cups orzo $1.29
  • 2 oz. feta, crumbled $1.25

Instructions

  • Blot the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel, then season both sides liberally with lemon pepper seasoning (about 2 Tbsp lemon pepper total).
  • Heat a large deep skillet over medium. Once hot, add the cooking oil. Add the seasoned chicken thighs, skin side down, and let them cook undisturbed until browned (about 6-8 minutes for bone-in skin-on thighs). Flip the chicken thighs and cook until browned on the second side. The chicken will be cooked most of the way through at this point but will finish cooking when simmered with the orzo. Remove the chicken to a clean plate.
  • While the chicken is browning, roughly chop about 1/4 bunch of parsley and mince two cloves of garlic. After removing the chicken from the skillet, turn the heat down to low, add the minced garlic, and sauté the garlic in the residual fat for about a minute.
  • Add 2 cups of chicken broth to the skillet and stir to dissolve the crispy browned bits from the bottom of the pan. 
  • Add the orzo and half of the chopped parsley. Stir to combine. Finally, return the chicken to the skillet, skin side up.
  • Place a lid on the skillet, turn the heat up to high, and let the broth come to a full boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low. Let the skillet simmer on low for about 15 minutes, or until most of the broth has been absorbed. Make sure it’s simmering the whole time. If it stops simmering, increase the heat slightly until it just starts to simmer again.
  • After about 15 minutes the orzo should be tender and most of the broth absorbed but there will still be a little sauce in the skillet.
  • Fluff the orzo around the chicken a bit with a fork, then top with the remaining parsley and the crumbled feta. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

*I used bone-in chicken thighs with skin, but you could use boneless and skinless, if preferred.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 612kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 32g | Sodium: 715mg | Fiber: 3g

Close up side view of lemon pepper chicken and orzo in the pan.

How to Make One Pot Chicken and Orzo – Step by Step Photos

Bone-in chicken thighs seasoned with lemon pepper on a cutting board.

Start by blotting four chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Drying them helps the seasoning stick and helps them brown better in the skillet. I used bone-in thighs with skin, but you could use boneless, skinless if desired. Just keep in mind that boneless and skinless thighs are usually a bit more expensive and will cook faster. Season both sides of each thigh liberally with lemon pepper seasoning (about 2 Tbsp total). 

Browned chicken thighs in the skillet.

Heat a large deep skillet over medium. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp cooking oil. Add the seasoned chicken thighs, skin side down, and let them cook undisturbed until browned (about 6-8 minutes for bone-in skin-on thighs). Flip the chicken thighs and cook until browned on the second side. The chicken will be cooked most of the way through at this point but will finish cooking when simmered with the orzo. Remove the chicken to a clean plate.

Garlic added to the skillet.

While the chicken is browning, roughly chop about 1/4 bunch of parsley and mince two cloves of garlic. Turn the heat down to low, add the minced garlic, and sauté the garlic in the residual fat for about a minute.

Broth being poured into the skillet.

Add 2 cups of chicken broth to the skillet and stir to dissolve the crispy browned bits from the bottom of the pan. 

Broth being whisked in the skillet to dissolve chicken drippings.

The broth will turn a deep brown color as the drippings are dissolved into the mixture.

Parsley and orzo added to the skillet.

Add about half of the chopped parsley and 1.5 cups of orzo. Stir to combine.

Chicken thighs added back to the pot.

Finally, return the chicken to the skillet, skin side up. Place a lid on the skillet, turn the heat up to high, and let the broth come to a full boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low. Let the skillet simmer on low for about 15 minutes, or until most of the broth has been absorbed. Make sure it’s simmering the whole time. If it stops simmering, increase the heat slightly until it just starts to simmer again.

Cooked orzo and chicken in the pot.

After about 15 minutes the orzo should be tender and most of the broth absorbed but there will still be a little sauce in the skillet.

Finished lemon pepper chicken and orzo in the pan.

Fluff the orzo around the chicken a bit with a fork, then top with the remaining parsley and the crumbled feta. And that’s all it takes to make this simple Lemon Pepper Chicken with Orzo. I could seriously eat this orzo all day long. ALL. DAY. LONG.

Overhead view of lemon pepper chicken and orzo in a bowl.

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Orzo Salad with Grapes, Arugula, & Feta

My Easy Orzo Salad is always a favorite, I make it all of the time. I love adding orzo to salads because it is satisfying, a great way to bulk up any salad. My new favorite orzo salad is this Orzo Salad with Grapes, Arugula, and Feta Cheese. The flavor…

My Easy Orzo Salad is always a favorite, I make it all of the time. I love adding orzo to salads because it is satisfying, a great way to bulk up any salad. My new favorite orzo salad is this Orzo Salad with Grapes, Arugula, and Feta Cheese. The flavors, textures, and colors are fantastic.…

Easy Lemon Orzo

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Here’s how to cook orzo as a simple side dish! This rice-shaped pasta comes together in minutes, flavored simply with butter and lemon.

Lemon Butter Orzo

Here’s a clutch pantry staple recipe to accessorize with quick weeknight meals: orzo! This rice-shaped pasta is ultra fast to cook, making it ideal for nights where you need something on the table fast. This orzo recipe is incredibly simple but comes out comforting and nostalgic, pairing the tender grains with butter and a hint of lemon. It’s so tasty, you’ll quickly add it to your regular rotation…then wonder how you lived so long without it!

What is orzo?

Orzo is a small pasta that’s shaped like grains of rice. Known as risoni in Italy, it can be served in various ways: as a side dish, pilaf, as part of an orzo salad, or in soups. There are two main ways to cook orzo: boiled in a large amount of water like pasta, or cooked like rice where it simmers and absorbs all the liquid.

There are several sizes of orzo available in stores: we prefer the medium sized grains that are about the size of grains of rice. You can also find different colors of orzo, like tricolor orzo that’s colored naturally with sundried tomatoes and spinach.

Orzo

How to cook orzo

There are two methods for cooking orzo: the pasta method (cooking in a large pot of boiling water and draining) and the rice method (simmering with less water until it’s all absorbed). The best way to avoid sticky orzo is the pasta method: it makes deliciously tender, well-separated grains. The rice method comes out creamier, but you run the risk of it coming out sticky or waterlogged. Here’s how to cook orzo:

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Estimate about 8 cups water per 1 cup orzo.
  • Add the orzo, bring back to a boil, and cook for 8 minutes. Taste a grain. If it’s mostly tender with a small amount of “chew” in the middle, it’s done. If not, cook 1 to 2 more minutes: just take care not to overcook it.
  • Drain and season. Drain the water from the pot, then return the orzo back to the pot. Season with salt, butter and lemon juice. Instant side dish!
Orzo recipe

Flavor variations

This simple orzo recipe with butter, salt and a squeeze of lemon is so simple yet satisfying! The buttery flavor almost reminds us of an elevated version of boxed max and cheese (without the cheese!). There are loads of ways to step up this simple dish: here are a few ideas:

  • Chopped herbs. A bit of chopped parsley looks lovely, or add chopped thyme or chives.
  • Parmesan cheese. Swirl in a bit of grated Parmesan to take it to new heights.
  • Feta cheese. A sprinkle of feta cheese adds a nice salty counterpoint.
  • Garlic. Saute a minced garlic clove in a bit of butter or olive oil, then mix it into the cooked orzo with the salt.
  • Spinach. Saute baby spinach (with or without garlic), then add the cooked orzo and salt. Feta cheese would be another nice addition!
Orzo

More orzo recipes

There are lots of ways to use orzo! Here are some ideas, from this website and others:

Let us know what you think of the simple side dish recipe below, and any other ways you love to serve orzo.

More basic side dishes

This orzo recipe has saved us on many a weeknight. (In fact, as I’m writing this Alex is just bringing me a dish of this exact recipe!) Here are a few more simple side dishes perfect for rounding out a meal:

This orzo recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, use olive oil or plant-based butter.

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Lemon Butter Orzo

Easy Orzo Recipe


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 ½ cup servings

Description

Here’s how to cook orzo as a simple side dish! This rice-shaped pasta comes together in minutes, flavored simply with butter and lemon.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup orzo
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (½ lemon)
  • Chopped fresh parsley or feta cheese crumbles, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Fill a medium pot with 8 cups water and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, add the orzo and stir.
  2. Bring the pot back to a boil, then boil for about 8 minutes until the orzo is tender. (Taste test a grain to assess doneness.) Drain into a strainer, then return the orzo to the pot.
  3. Stir in the kosher salt, butter (or olive oil), and lemon juice. Taste and if desired, add more lemon to taste. Add optional chopped parsley or feta cheese to garnish. Serve immediately; leftovers store refrigerated for up to 5 days.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan

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Parmesan Herb Orzo.

This parmesan orzo is our all-time favorite side dish! It is so incredibly versatile. It goes with everything in all seasons. Serve alongside chicken, fish, steak, beans or your favorite vegetarian dish. Or alternatively titled, The Side Dish For Everything!  Seriously. You will absolutely LOVE this parmesan orzo. It’s a side dish that never gets […]

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This parmesan orzo is our all-time favorite side dish! It is so incredibly versatile. It goes with everything in all seasons. Serve alongside chicken, fish, steak, beans or your favorite vegetarian dish.

Or alternatively titled, The Side Dish For Everything! 

parmesan herb orzo

Seriously. You will absolutely LOVE this parmesan orzo. It’s a side dish that never gets old and can be served with almost any dish. During any season! At any meal!

Tell me that’s not the best. 

orzo pasta in a measuring cup

So! This was the most made side dish in our house in 2021. It’s no secret that we LOVE orzo, but cooking it this way as a side dish is how we love it most. Yes I love all my fancy orzo salads for meals. They take longer though and requre a few steps. 

cooked orzo in a pot with parmesan cheese

This is simple. This is your Monday night side dish to go with everything – chicken, steak, salmon or even a vegetarian dish. It holds up against meatloaf or roasted shrimp. It’s really delicious, classic and traditional and something everyone in our family loves.

I love to use fresh herbs, but considering it’s the dead of winter right now, you can stir in a few dried herbs instead. Or you can forgo the herbs until your garden is flourishing this summer and just keep it to the parmesan cheese for now. No one will complain! 

cooked orzo in a pot with fresh herbs

It’s a little different than the traditional orzo. 

I cook this orzo like rice! I don’t boil it and then drain. Instead, I use a chicken or vegetable stock and simmer until it absorbs the liquid. Add lots of herbs, lots of parm and boom, it’s done.

The other thing that I love is toasting the orzo in butter! I toast it like I do with arborio rice for risotto. This gives it a depth of flavor that is wonderful. If you look closely at my photos, you may even see some toasted orzo bits. We love it! 

parmesan herb orzo close up

It’s cheesy and chewy and a little toasty and delish.

parmesan herb orzo in a pot

Plus, you can have it made in 25 minutes! And the leftovers are still super good when reheated. (more…)

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Roasted Butternut Squash Orzo Salad

I love roasted butternut squash, it is one of my favorite fall vegetables. I could eat it plain all day long, but I also love it in this Roasted Butternut Squash Orzo Salad. My easy orzo salad is one of the most popular salad recipes on our blog and I …

I love roasted butternut squash, it is one of my favorite fall vegetables. I could eat it plain all day long, but I also love it in this Roasted Butternut Squash Orzo Salad. My easy orzo salad is one of the most popular salad recipes on our blog and I think you will love the…

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Our 23 Favorite Orzo Recipes for Speedy, Satisfying Dinners

Orzo is pasta pretending to be rice, and nobody is upset about it. It’s a perfect shape for “grain” salads that won’t glop or go stiff after a few hours in the sun. The spoonable shape makes it a natural addition to warm soups and stews too, and it takes on the flavor of meaty entrees like a champ. In the spirit of orzo appreciation, here are 23 wonderful ways to use it.

Salads

1. Grilled Zucchini Orzo

Don’t have a grill or grill pan? Roast or broil the vegetables here instead, especially the garlic. I’ve written a love letter to this recipe before, specifically the contrast created by the orzo-to-zucchini ratio and the wildcard ingredient of sesame oil.

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Orzo is pasta pretending to be rice, and nobody is upset about it. It’s a perfect shape for "grain" salads that won’t glop or go stiff after a few hours in the sun. The spoonable shape makes it a natural addition to warm soups and stews too, and it takes on the flavor of meaty entrees like a champ. In the spirit of orzo appreciation, here are 23 wonderful ways to use it.

Salads

1. Grilled Zucchini Orzo

Don’t have a grill or grill pan? Roast or broil the vegetables here instead, especially the garlic. I’ve written a love letter to this recipe before, specifically the contrast created by the orzo-to-zucchini ratio and the wildcard ingredient of sesame oil.

Read More >>