Orzo with Fried Shallots

Orzo is a perfect side dish and a fun change from rice or other pastas. The fried shallots, garlic, and green onions give the dish a lot of flavor.

Yield: Makes 6 servings
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Recipe Time

Prep And Cook: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 375
  • Calories from fat: 22%
  • Protein: 11g
  • Fat: 9.3g
  • Saturated fat: 4.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 62g
  • Fiber: 2.3g
  • Sodium: 327mg
  • Cholesterol: 16mg


  • About 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound dried orzo pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 shallots (6 oz. total), peeled and slivered
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 4 green onions (2 oz. total), rinsed and thinly sliced (including green tops)
  • Fresh-ground pepper


  1. 1. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring about 3 quarts water and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil. Add orzo and cook until barely tender to bite, 5 to 9 minutes. Drain well. Pour into a bowl and mix with olive oil. Rinse and dry pan.
  2. 2. In the same pan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add shallots and stir often until they start to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and orzo; mix well and cook just until pasta is warm, 2 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in green onions and salt and pepper to taste. Mound in a serving bowl and serve warm.
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