Itty bitty, rice-like orzo is a dainty pasta that’s adaptable in many dishes, and delicious warm or cold. Check out this versatile collection of orzo recipes, including salads, sides and mains.
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Orzo Pasta with Grilled Spring Asparagus, Snap Peas, Mint, Feta Cheese and Lemon
This vegetarian dish can easily be converted to a hearty main with the addition of chicken, pork or tofu. Crisp grilled asparagus and snap peas help propel this dish to a regular at-home menu item.
Orzo with Roasted Vegetables
Ina Garten is known for her flavourful dishes, and this orzo and veggie medley is no exception. Her choice of roasted vegetables include eggplant and peppers.
Orzo with Steak, Horseradish and Cheddar
This dish presents itself with two options: you can eat it with fresh-made steak and orzo, or combine leftovers to create a delicious, cold dish.
Roasted Shrimp and Orzo
When you think of this Barefoot Contessa dish, picture a sort of newfangled Greek salad recipe. It’s got cucumber, scallions, red onions, feta cheese and, of course, juicy shrimp.
Thai Fusion Shrimp & Orzo Salad
The flavours of Italy and Thailand fuse together in this spicy, but not-too-hot dish.
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Tilapia with Cherry Tomato Confit, Chorizo Olive Sauté and Pesto Orzo
Tilapia’s mild taste can stand up to a range of bold, sunny flavours, like those found in this extravagant fish dish. The lycopene in cherry tomatoes and healthy fats in the pesto will keep your skin glowing all summer long.
Orzo Salad with Grape Tomatoes and Radishes
Light orzo pasta is tossed with tomatoes, cucumber, radishes, olives, goat cheese and herbs, and coated in an easy homemade vinaigrette.
Sweet and Tangy Orzo Salad
Giada serves up a fresh and easy salad featuring fennel, dried cranberries, arugula, fresh mozzarella cheese and, of course, Italian orzo pasta.
Fregola Salad with Fresh Citrus and Red Onion
Tiny fregola or orzo are the best base for this pasta salad straight from Giada’s kitchen to yours. Add orange and grapefruit segments along with red onion for the perfect summer picnic salad.