Recipe: Orzo with Herbs

by Cate on June 15, 2009

I rarely make orzo, and I’m not quite sure why.  It really is a perfectly yummy rice-shaped pasta, and around here, you can’t go wrong with pasta.  Last week, when I made those scrumptious chicken meatballs from Giada, I couldn’t decide what to serve with it.  At first I was thinking just a red sauce and spaghetti, and I’d call it a day.  But then … but then I spied a recipe for Orzo with Herbs in the newest issue of Food Network magazine.  Oh how I love that magazine!

I had made the meatballs before our day barely even started, so when the orzo was nearly done, I slid the meatballs into the pan to let them warm through a bit.  A few minutes later, I took it all off the heat and spooned it into a bowl and called the kids.  Nick took one look at dinner and asked what we had in the fridge for leftovers.  But Madeline and I?  We went to town.  And back.  And to town again.  The meatballs were still as tender and delicious as I remembered them when I had one early in the morning.  And in that orzo?  Oh man.  And the combination?  Unbeatable.

Perfect comfort, tummy-warming food, but it’s light enough that it knows no season.  Wait, does that make sense?  It does in my head.  Meaning, that although it seems like a hearty meal, it won’t weigh you down in the dregs of spring and summer weather.  Of course, I wouldn’t know anything about that because here in the Northeast we’re all about the 40 days and nights of rain now, but that just makes this kismet-kissed dish all the more perfect.

Now, rest assured, you don’t have to go and make your meatballs at 8 am like I did.  Between the meatballs and the orzo, this dish comes together quick enough that it’s perfect for your crazy weeknight dinners … or a lazy way to spend a Sunday.  Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Orzo with Herbs
Recipe courtesy of Food Network magazine

Cook 2 cups orzo in salted boiling water until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain. Chop 6 scallions; cook just the white parts in a skillet with olive oil until tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the orzo, 2 cups chicken broth, the scallion greens and a handful each of chopped parsley and dill; season with salt and pepper. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup grated parmesan.

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debbie June 15, 2009 at 10:23 pm

That sounds deelish. I do an even easier one, out of a Moosewood book I think, that’s just cooked orzo tossed with good olive oil and several tablespoons of finely chopped herbs. Fantastic & super-easy.

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Janet June 16, 2009 at 1:06 am

I love Orzo… bu like you, I can’t figure why I don’t make it more often!

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Joanne June 16, 2009 at 8:48 am

I love simple dishes like this. I rarely cook with orzo either! It just never seems like it will be filling enough to me but I guess a pound of pasta is a pound of pasta no matter what shape it is.

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Ramona June 16, 2009 at 8:52 am

I usually end up putting my orzo in soups. Your recipe sounds good.


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Cathy June 16, 2009 at 9:11 am

Orzo is a great alternative to pasta and rice. Usually when I want to mix it up I make a risotto out of the orzo – delicious! Your meatballs are on my list to make and now they are going to have to be served with orzo! I hear you on loving that magazine too – it’s my new favourite!

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Maris June 16, 2009 at 11:42 am

This looks great. I’m always on the hunt for simple side dishes that you can make on the stovetop.

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Patsy June 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Orzo is something we also enjoy, and I don’t think to make it often enough! So simple to dress it up with great flavors!

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Debbie June 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I love orzo and usually only have it in chicken soup. I should cook it more often different ways….

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Natasha - 5 Star Foodie June 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I love making orzo for a side dish and this is an excellent preparation!

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Cynthia June 17, 2009 at 1:46 am

Orzo with meatballs – what a delicious idea. Bookmarked!

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Sophie June 17, 2009 at 7:11 am

I love orzo, I just don’t use it enough. Now, I want to make a change & try this yummie recipe!

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lisaiscooking June 17, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Orzo with herbs sounds great! Sounds like perfect comfort food with meatballs too.

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