Orange-Basil Orzo Pilaf

While orzo is shaped very much like rice, it's actually a pasta. Your family will run to the dinner table once they catch a whiff of the aromas of fresh basil and orange rind in this pilaf.


10 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 8 Minutes
Cook: 16 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 157
Caloriesfromfat 10 %
Fat 1.7 g
Satfat 0.9 g
Protein 6.4 g
Carbohydrate 29.5 g
Fiber 1.9 g
Cholesterol 3 mg
Iron 1.2 mg
Sodium 406 mg
Calcium 22 mg


1 (32-ounce) carton fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
12 ounces uncooked orzo
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/4 cups finely diced carrot (about 2 medium)
3/4 cup finely diced onion (about 1 small)
3/4 cup finely diced celery (about 2 stalks)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons grated fresh orange rind
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Place broth in a medium sauce-pan; bring broth to a boil. Add orzo; reduce heat, and simmer 9 minutes or until tender. Drain.

2. While orzo cooks, melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add carrot and next 3 ingredients; sauté 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Add cooked orzo, basil, and remaining ingredients; stir well to combine.

Lorrie Corvin,

Oxmoor House Healthy Eating Collection,

Oxmoor House

September 2006