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Orzo Pasta, Side Dish

April 29, 2019 (Last Updated: May 14, 2019)

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Orzo Pasta with butter and herbs makes a quick and delicious side dish.

This post was originally published in October, 2015. The pictures and text have been updated.

A white plate with orzo pasta and a grilled chicken breast

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 homemade can be hard to achieve.  This Orzo Pasta is one of our favorites.  It’s super fast and easy and everyone loves it.

Ingredients for making orzo pasta


What is orzo pasta?

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.

How long do you cook orzo pasta?

Orzo cooks in 7-10  minutes. You cook orzo just like you would any type of pasta. Make certain your water is boiling before adding the orzo. 

What ingredients do I need to make this side dish?

  • Orzo
  • Butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic salt
  • Italian Seasoning herb blend – dried found in the spice isle

Can I use other herbs?

Yes, you can use different herbs than the Italian seasoning blend.  Some options include:

  • Dried or fresh basil
  • Dried or fresh thyme
  • Dried or fresh parsley

What is a great main dish to serve with orzo?

You can serve this dish with just about anything. Some of my favorites are Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken and Beer Can Chicken. It’s also perfect with Pan Fried Walleye.

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Orzo pasta on a plate with a chicken breast.

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5 from 5 votes
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 blend dried herbs
  • 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*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 199mg9%
Potassium 84mg2%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    April 30, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    5 stars
    Kathy, I love the simplicity of this dish. Orzo has such a wonderful chew. And the buttery herb topping is perfect!

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    Alix @A Hedgehog in the Kitchen
    April 29, 2019 at 6:24 am

    5 stars
    This sounds and looks delicious! I love orzo pasta!

    • Reply
      April 29, 2019 at 5:35 pm

      Me too! It’s such a fast and easy dish and loved by everyone!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    April 29, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Orzo is one of my favorites Kathy, And I love what an easy side this is. Can’t wait to add it to our menu!

    • Reply
      April 29, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      Orzo is one of my favorites too!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    April 29, 2019 at 5:37 am

    5 stars
    The perfect side dish! I love this orzo pasta – so good šŸ™‚ Brilliant idea!!

    • Reply
      April 29, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you! šŸ™‚

  • 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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    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!

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      October 19, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      I can’t wait to see your salad!

  • 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
    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! šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      October 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Fast, easy and delicious is the way to go!

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      David @ Spiced
      April 29, 2019 at 5:52 am

      5 stars
      I see that I loved this recipe a few years back! No surprise that I love it still. A good orzo salad is hard to beat, and the Parmesan cheese in this recipe sounds fantastic!

      • Reply
        April 29, 2019 at 5:36 pm

        You’ve still got great taste, David! šŸ˜‰

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    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!

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      October 19, 2015 at 4:45 am

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

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    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!

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

    I love orzo pasta. And yours look absolutely divine, Kathy. Happy weekend! šŸ™‚

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

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

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