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Orzo Pasta, Side Dish

April 29, 2019 (Last Updated: March 3, 2020)

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Orzo Pasta with butter and herbs makes a quick and delicious side dish. Orzo is a rice shaped pasta and is perfect for a quick side dish. This orzo is finished with shredded Parmesan cheese.

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.

 If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

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

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!

  • Reply
    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!

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