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Orzo Pasta, Side Dish

Orzo Pasta

These past couple of weeks have been crazy busy in our household; school, work, soccer practice, games, cheerleader practice, football games, soccer tournaments… Sometimes we rush home and getting dinner on the table is an urgent affair.  The kids are starving and want dinner…NOW!  Fast, Easy, and Healthy can be hard to achieve.  This Orzo Pasta is one of our favorites.  It’s super fast and easy and the kids love it.

Orzo Pasta - Fast and Easy Side Dish

Orzo pasta is a small, rice shaped pasta.  Because it’s so small, it cooks relatively fast.  Use a very fine strainer when draining so the pasta doesn’t slip through the holes.

Orzo Pasta

Orzo Pasta, Side Dish
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Quick and easy side dish.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy orzo, orzo pasta, orzo with herbs, parmesan orzo
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 190 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 8 oz orzo pasta uncooked
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Drain and place in a serving bowl.
  3. Add butter. Stir until melted.
  4. Sprinkle garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Stir.
  5. Stir in Parmesan cheese, reserving a Tablespoon to sprinkle on top.
  6. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Orzo Pasta, Side Dish
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 199mg 8%
Potassium 84mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 3%
Calcium 5.7%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe can easily be double in size to feed your hungry crew.


Orzo Pasta Side Dish


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  • Reply
    Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness
    October 17, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I need to try orzo before!! This looks delicious!

  • Reply
    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    October 17, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I love orzo pasta. And yours look absolutely divine, Kathy. Happy weekend! 🙂

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    October 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I love orzo! I’m totally adoring how quick and easy yours is! Busy work week, comforting perfection! YUM!

  • Reply
    October 19, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Life is crazy busy these days! And here I am fussing with my Halloween costume. Oh well. Anyhow, I love this dish because you say you turn to it for your family again and again. Now that’s a winner. I appreciate finding “the one” that great dish that the family will eat again and again. Will have to try!

    • Reply
      October 19, 2015 at 4:45 am

      I’m glad you take time for the fun things….like a Halloween costume!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    October 19, 2015 at 5:48 am

    This looks like such a fun and easy side dish. Perfect for those busy nights when you need to whip up something easy…and delicious! 🙂

    • Reply
      October 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Fast, easy and delicious is the way to go!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    October 19, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Wow! You guys really are busy! This orzo dish looks like the perfect solution to get dinner on the table fast!

    • Reply
      October 19, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      We need a couple of quick go-to meals and sides to keep us going!

  • Reply
    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    October 19, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Kathy, you and I are on the same wave length – I’ve got an orzo salad coming up soon. I love how quick and easy this is – perfect side dish to whip up that’s a crowd pleaser!

    • Reply
      October 19, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      I can’t wait to see your salad!

  • Reply
    Manali @ CookWithManali
    October 20, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I love fast and easy recipes, this looks like a winner Kathy!!

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