Chickpea Orzo Pilaf

Chickpea Orzo Pilaf Recipe
Photo: Maria Robledo


Serves 4

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Other: 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calcium 75 mg
Calories 461
Caloriesfromfat 0 %
Carbohydrate 68 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Fat 14 g
Fiber 7 g
Iron 4 mg
Protein 18 mg
Satfat 2 g
Sodium 483 mg


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 medium carrot, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
5 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons chili sauce


Heat oil over medium heat in a large, deep skillet with a lid. Sauté the onion, carrot, and garlic with the curry powder and thyme until onion is soft. Add the orzo and sauté until the pasta is lightly browned. Stir in the chicken broth, chickpeas, and chili sauce; bring to a boil. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the stew 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the orzo is fully cooked. (The stew should be a little brothy, not dry.)

Susan Quick,

Real Simple

May 2000
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