Orzo is a versatile rice-shaped pasta that is easy to prepare and makes a great addition to any meal! I’m sharing a simple recipe on How to Cook Orzo, as well as some serving ideas for this delicious side dish.
Let’s talk Orzo. Is it a grain? Is it pasta? What exactly is it? Well, Orzo is a rice shaped pasta! This delicious and easy to prepare pasta is great in so many recipes. In fact, I like to have orzo in my pantry at all times. Orzo is a great alternative to the usual rice or quinoa as a side dish, but I also like to substitute it into any pasta dish. And my kids love it too…it’s always guaranteed to disappear at dinner time.
Orzo is really easy to prepare. You can boil it like you would regular pasta and drain off the water, but I prefer to prepare it in a skillet. When orzo is made in a skillet, you have the opportunity to add a rich toasty flavour to it by first toasting the orzo in melted butter. In the picture below, you can see lightly toasted pieces of orzo which make this pasta extra tasty!
Once the orzo is lightly golden, you add water or stock (using the same ratio as rice: 1 cup orzo, 2 cups liquid), and let it simmer until all the broth is gone. I like to use vegetable stock when making orzo, because it adds extra rich flavour.Print
Delicious Ways to Serve Orzo Pasta:
The great thing about orzo is that you can pretty much substitute it into any recipe that has pasta as an ingredient…things like side dishes, soups, pasta salads and more. I’m sharing some ideas below:
- Substitute Orzo for your favourite pasta in almost any dish.
- It’s great in pasta salads.
- Serve it plain as a simple side dish. My kids love it with a little butter and parmesan cheese.
- Toss it with parmesan cheese and minced fresh basil for a side dish.
- Add it to soups.
Have a delicious day!