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Orzo Pasta, Side Dish

April 29, 2019 (Last Updated: April 25, 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!  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. Another great recipe using orzo is this Asparagus Salad.

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. 

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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A bowl filled with rice shaped pasta and topped with fresh chopped herbs.

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

Orzo Pasta

Orzo Pasta, Side Dish

Quick and easy side dish made with a rice shaped pasta, butter, herbs and parmesan cheese.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 190 kcal


  • 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)


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain and place in a serving bowl.
  • Add butter. Stir until melted.
  • Sprinkle garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Stir.
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese, reserving a Tablespoon to sprinkle on top.
  • Serve.


Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 199mgPotassium: 84mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 150IUCalcium: 57mgIron: 0.6mg
Keyword easy orzo, orzo pasta, orzo with herbs, parmesan orzo
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  • 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!

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    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Brilliant idea!!

    • Reply
      April 29, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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!

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    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!

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    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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