Orzo is a grain that’s similar to rice, but it’s longer and thicker in size. It makes a wonderful addition to vegetables, and is very filling. The best part is that you can add it to risottos, or any dish that uses rice. It fills out a meal very well, and with the right seasoning, makes a delicious dinner. Here’s our roundup of the greatest orzo recipes on our Food Monster App!
1. White Bean and Orzo Minestrone
Source: White Bean and Orzo Minestrone
This White Bean and Orzo Minestrone by Kinda Vegan is sure to become a family favorite. It’s a delicious Italian staple that even your Nonna will be impressed by. The recipe comes together without much effort, and the flavor just doesn’t disappoint. Perfetto!
2. Broccoli and Olive Orzo Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette
This Broccoli and Olive Orzo Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette by Alison Edmund is a great way to add some variety into your lunch or dinner routine – simple and delicious! Toss the pasta with a splash of olive oil after cooking so it won’t stick together, toss together all other ingredients, including your sauce and it’s the perfect lunch on the go!
3. Greek Spinach and Orzo Soup
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This healthy Greek Spinach and Orzo Soup by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez is warm, soothing, and makes a delicious dinner that is tangy and bursting with lemon flavor. It is pleasantly and lightly filling, and ideal for when you need a break from rich, hearty dishes and indulgent sweets. This colorful Mediterranean recipe is so simple to prepare
4. Spicy Black Bean and Orzo Chili
Source: Spicy Black Bean and Orzo Chili
Some would rather eat the same thing all week than have to think about what they’re bringing for lunch every day. If that’s you, this recipe is for you! This Spicy Black Bean and Orzo Chili by Rene Barker is packed with nutritious veggies and fiber filled beans, PLUS orzo that makes this extra hearty and filling. Divide the finished product into individual containers for easy access to grab and go on busy mornings.
5. Creamy Mushroom and Spinach ‘Orzotto’
This Creamy Mushroom and Spinach ‘Orzotto’ by Becky Cotter is great because I made the sauce during the day and then all we needed to do in the evening is cook the pasta and stir it in! Perfect for when you want a home cooked meal that comes together quickly and tastes great.
6. Orzo Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Source: Orzo Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
This is a hearty, comforting and nourishing meal for all of your sweet potato and orzo needs! These Orzo Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Deena Mehta incorporates a variety of nuts and orange flavors to the orzo and some cranberries for color and vitamins. The cranberries really make it exciting, and of course the nuts give it texture and satisfying protein.
7. Green Spring Minestrone With Orzo and Asparagus
This Green Spring Minestrone With Orzo and Asparagus by Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer is the perfect dish to enjoy on a cool spring evening. The light, the lemony broth is poured over orzo and tender shoots of asparagus. This dish will quickly make its way onto your list of favorite recipes.
8. Greek Baked Ziti
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This Greek Baked Ziti by Florian Nouh is an easy vegan version of a traditional comfort food, with a special Mediterranean twist. It combines orzo with olives, an easy tomato sauce, and a stunning homemade cashew cheese sauce. Who knew combining Italian and Greek food could be so delicious?!
9. Garlic Beet Greens
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This Garlic Beet Greens by Elaine Lander with orzo and cannellini beans is a staple for weeknight dinners. This garlic beet greens recipe with orzo and cannellini beans makes a quick, easy, vegan friendly dinner on a budget.
10. Kale and Orzo Soup With White Bean Balls
This Kale and Orzo Soup With White Bean Balls by Caitlin and Riley Gladney-Hatcher is warm, nourishing, and super nutritious!. The soft and savory white bean balls give this dish some added protein to last through your day’s adventures. Enjoy it as is, or add rice or grains of your choice, for some added bulk.
Orzo is a delicious replacement for when you’re tired of eating rice. There’s so many ways to make orzo, and with this roundup, we hope you’re inspired! If you’re all about those carbs, try These 25 Exciting Rice Recipes!
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