Friday, November 20, 2015

Orzo Garden Pilaf

Orzo is a pasta that looks like rice grains. I found this recipe of Ellie Krieger, where she made a pilaf using orzo. Instead of cooking the pasta the usual pasta way , she cooks it the way you usually cook the rice for pilaf.

Its called a garden pilaf maybe because it has all the lovely vegetables ,which  are easily available. I served it with some fried chicken . Unfortunately I  didnt have low sodium chicken broth, so used a regular chicken stock dissolved in hot water.

Recipe : Orzo Garden Pilaf  recipe slightly adapted version of Ellie Krieger's Orzo Garden Salad recipe.

2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups hot water
1 chicken stock cube
1 small zucchini, chopped into small cubes
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 cup orzo pasta.
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp  lemon juice
salt and pepper

Heat olive oil  in a saucepan and add the onions and  then cook till softened. Add orzo and stir to coat the grains in the oil. Add hot  stock ( that is dissolve the stock cube in hot water ) and pinch of salt.

Bring to a quick boil, then simmer gently, till the orzo is cooked through , and half the water evaporates.

Add the zucchini and tomatoes, cover and cook over a low heat for about 3 minutes or so.  Make sure you keep an eye on it as it might catch on the bottom once the water evaporates.

Remove the lid and stir in lemon juice , pasta. Have a little taste and  season for your taste,

Serve warm.

Linking this over to IHCC's theme for this week " Sentsational Sides".


  1. I still have some orzo in the pantry...this is a great recipe to use them up. The pilaf looks really tasty, Nammi.

  2. Oh I love this already without tasting!

  3. Love the way the pilaf looks like.... the kids must have loved it...

  4. I love that this recipe calls for orzo in place of rice. I like that orzo has a softer texture than rice and think it makes for a more kid-friendly dish. Very pretty with the veggies added in. Looks delicious!

  5. I love orzo and this looks like a good recipe. Another one to add to my list.

  6. I love orzo too! Agree with Diane, I gotta add this recipe to my bookmark list too. :)

  7. Orzo is always fun and I love how pretty this pilaf looks with the colorful chopped veggies. Yum! ;-)

  8. Your orzo dish does evoke the color of the garden with the leafy green of the vegetables and the brightness of tomatoes. A happy side dish!

  9. Your orzo pilaf looks very yummy! I like all the ingredients that makes this dish!


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