Orzo Pilaf Recipe

Orzo Pilaf

It is easy to get creative with orzo. A mini-pasta shaped like a large rice grain that lends itself to a variety of meals whether as a side choice, salad, or in a soup. It is quickly done, tasty, and light.

Yield: 4 servings

Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup (190 g) orzo
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cups (750 ml) chicken or vegetable broth or water
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup (7 g) flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped


In a saucepan, heat oil olive over medium heat. Add onion and saut√© it for about 5 minutes. Add orzo and cook it stirring at all times for about 3 minutes. Add chicken or vegetable broth or water, salt, and pepper. Bring it to a boil and immediately reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover saucepan and cook orzo for about 5 minutes or until “al dente”. Drain orzo and fold in the parsley. Serve with Parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil if you like.

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