Herbed Orzo

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herbed orzo

Orzo, like rice, can be a blank canvass for flavors. Start with this simple recipe for Herbed Orzo, then let your imagination take over.

Herbed Orzo

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced tarragon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

Step 1

Cook the orzo according to the package directions. Drain reserving 1/4 cup pasta water. Return to the pot and stir in the butter, oil, and herbs along with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in a little pasta water if you want a looser dish.

 

The story behind Herbed Orzo

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This recipe for Herbed Orzo is not really a recipe at all.

Well, it is a recipe, but it’s not. Just like orzo looks like rice, but it isn’t. It’s pasta. But it works just like rice.  Clear enough?

What is Orzo really?

Orzo, Italian for “barley” due to its resemblance to the grain in its unprocessed form. It is a small rice-shaped pasta made from semolina flour. It’s classified among pasta as “pastina” — a category of tiny shapes commonly used for soups.

It is not gluten-free but it’s shape and simple pasta flavor lends it well for making it the base of many tasty dishes like I used here in my recipe for Tequila Sunrise Pork with Orzo where it is used similar to risotto. 

The main purpose of this recipe is to simply show how easy it is to take something very ordinary, plain orzo, and change it into a fresh, tasty side, like Herbed Orzo.

The fresh herbs transform. A little butter and some fruity extra virgin olive oil lend a nice mouthfeel. It’s like making pesto but without the work. The flavors are so easy to work with; add a little parmesan cheese. It’s a new side. Add some pine nuts, different again. How about some fresh peas? or Spinach? Really, this recipe is just a concept. A blank canvass. Ready for your creative touch to your family’s taste.

So create away!

 

Herbed Orzo

 

Yield: 4 Servings

Herbed Orzo

herbed orzo

Orzo, like rice, can be a blank canvass for flavors. Start with this simple recipe for Herbed Orzo, then let your imagination take over.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced tarragon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Step 1

Cook the orzo according to the package directions. Drain reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Return the orzo to the pot and stir in the butter, oil, and herbs along with salt and pepper, to taste. Add a little pasta water if you want a looser dish.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutritional values may not be 100% accurate


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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.
  • Calories
    109
  • Fat
    4g (1g Sat, 2g Mono, 1g Poly)
  • Protein
    3g
  • Carbohydrates
    16g
  • Dietary Fiber
    1g
  • Cholesterol
    3mg
  • Sodium
    77mg
  • Nutritional information is provided to help you choose wisely. It may not be 100% accurate.

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