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How to Cook Orzo: Recipe Ideas for Salads, Pastas and More

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How to Cook Orzo: Recipe Ideas for Salads, Pastas and More
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Orzo is a fun rice-shaped pasta that adds a nice twist to meals. It can be used to substitute just about any grain and makes a fun addition to pilaf and risotto-style dishes but it really shines when added to salads.

How To Cook Orzo

Orzo is cooked just like pasta noodles. For one pound of orzo (which feeds four people) just follow these instructions:

  • Fill up a pot with 4 liters of water
  • Cover, cook over high heat and bring to a boil
  • Add salt and follow the cooking time suggested on the package 
  • Drain and add to your desired dish

Easy Orzo Recipes

Asian-Style Orzo Salad

Put an Asian spin on orzo by cooking it with condiments like Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil. Fresh chopped veggies add the perfect crunch to accompany the tasty chunks of rotisserie chicken.

Find the recipe here.

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo

Who can resist this tasty blend of creamy orzo flavored with butter, onions and Parmesan cheese? It's a dish perfect for entertaining. 

Roasted Shrimp with Orzo

The Food Network's Ina Garten shows you how to make a simple yet elegant dish of roasted shrimp paired with lemony orzo, scallions, parsley and feta cheese.

One-Pot Chicken and Orzo Pilaf

For a fabulous weeknight meal whip up this tasty one-pot dish of pan-seared chicken cooked with orzo, chicken broth, tomatoes and herbs. It's hearty and flavorful.

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