20 Easy Recipes With Orzo
Orzo—the little rice-shaped pasta—is incredibly versatile. Toss it in soups (like this Italian Turkey and Orzo Soup or this Chicken-Orzo Soup), salads (this Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Lemon Dressing is perfect for summer), or use it as a flavorful bed for filling main dishes (may we recommend these Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs With Orzo?). Our collection of best orzo recipes is perfect for any day of the week.
Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Lemon Dressing
This simple shrimp and orzo salad is tossed with seasonal veggies and a bright, tangy dressing. Delicious at room temperature or chilled, it also makes a tasty lunch the next day if you have leftovers. You’ll need three cups of vegetables for this dish, but you can adjust the amounts of asparagus, sugar snap peas, and English peas.
Italian Turkey and Orzo Soup
Orzo is practically made for soup. It cooks much faster than rice and is just as satisfying. This quick soup comes together in just about 20 minutes, but still tastes rich and full.
Grilled Veggie Orzo Salad
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Orzo Salad
The grill is a healthy cook’s best friend, allowing you to build big flavor and crispiness with minimal added fat. Make this meal meatless by trading the chicken for steamed edamame or rinsed and drained black beans.
Nothing says comfort like a bowl of hearty chicken soup. Pair with a sandwich for a simple, comforting dinner option.
Quick Chicken Picatta with Parslied Orzo
Sautéed lemon slices intensify the flavors of the pan sauce and make a beautiful garnish. Cook the orzo while you bread the chicken; while the chicken cooks, spread the orzo on a baking sheet to cool and to keep the grains from sticking together.
Seared Scallops with Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce and Orzo
In just 30 minutes you can have restaurant-worthy seared scallops ready for a delicious weeknight dinner. This summertime recipe makes great use of your garden tomatoes and basil. Need a break from pasta? Grits or rice are both great substitutions for the orzo.
Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken
This colorful orzo and chicken main dish salad is packed with an assortment of chopped fresh vegetables and tossed with a tangy lemon dressing. It's a great use for leftover or rotisserie chicken.
Orzo and Herb Pilaf
If you'd like to sub whole-grain, unpearled farro for the orzo, reverse the cooking method: Simmer the farro until done, drain, then sauté for a couple minutes in the onion mixture before serving.
Creamy Lemon Orzo with Peas and Shrimp
Orzo with Crispy Pancetta and Chives
After the pancetta crisps, add the whole-wheat orzo to develop and soak up all the salty and buttery flavor. Acting as a blank canvas, orzo easily adapts to different flavors making rich pancetta drippings and fresh chopped chives the perfect balance and pairing.
Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs With Orzo
This Mediterranean-style grilling recipe comes together in 45 minutes, and it's packed with fiber and protein. Par cooking the potatoes speeds up grill time; pick small potatoes for even cooking.
Kritharoto (Orzo Pasta) with Peas, Lemon, and Feta
Chervil is a much-loved herb in Greece, where it's called myronia. If unavailable, substitute 7 tablespoons fresh parsley plus 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon. You can also sub 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper for Maras. Serves 6 as a main course or 12 as a meze.
Orzo with Curried Cauliflower and Mint
The orzo and cauliflower act as a blank canvas perfect for the curry powder and mint to showcase their flavors. This pasta salad side dish pairs great with grilled protein and can stand alone for a hot or cold lunch. Using the recipe as a base, add any vegetables of your choosing such as zucchini, onions, eggplant and fresh herbs.
Gulf Shrimp Orzo
This perfect late-summer seafood supper comes together in under an hour. You'll want to sprinkle the cheesy, buttery, lemony breadcrumbs on just about everything—and we don't blame you.
Greek Pasta with Meatballs
This riff on spaghetti and meatballs uses rice-shaped pasta, ground lamb, and feta cheese for a delicious Greek-inspired supper that can be on your table in 40 minutes.
Seared Scallops with Lemon Orzo
Serve this easy but impressive meal with a green salad, garlic bread, and a crisp white wine. Tip: Sear the scallops while the orzo cooks.
Quick Chicken Minestrone
Fresh, brightly colored vegetables add some welcome vibrancy to this comforting soup. Have fun with the noodle shape, or use any small pasta you have on hand. If you'd like, sprinkle each serving with freshly ground black pepper for a finishing touch.
Quick Fall Minestrone
Make the most of fall produce like butternut squash and kale in this hearty vegetarian soup. Pasta and beans make it especially filling.
Orzo with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette
As an easy and elevated pasta salad side dish, orzo is a great alternative to traditional pasta. Acting as a blank canvas, orzo adapts easily to flavors, sauces and vinaigrettes. Brighten this dish with the addition of fresh herbs and add any other herbs you like besides thyme and tarragon such as a basil and parsley.