Photo: Victor Protasio; Styling: Paige Hicks
Total Time
20 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1/2 cup)

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. You can make this herb vinaigrette and keep it in your fridge to drizzle over salads, add to marinades and grilled protein. Orzo pasta salad can be served warm or cold making it the perfect picnic side dish. 

How to Make It

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high. Add orzo to pan; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally. Add stock, salt, and pepper to pan; bring to a boil. Boil 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove skillet from heat. Stir in parsley, oil, juice, tarragon, and thyme.

Ratings & Reviews

3 1/2 stars

December 01, 2016
I really liked this but my husband took one bite and refused any more.  I forgot, he does not care for tarragon.  So if I made this again, I'd have to omit that.  I did use basil-infused olive oil which was a nice finishing touch.