Orzo Pasta Recipe

Orzo Pasta Recipes

This Orzo Pasta Recipe is really easy to make!

 This orzo pasta recipe is one of our favorite side dishes, and you can dress it up with practically any fresh vegetables you have on hand. When making orzo pasta, I like to brown half the batch beforehand in a little olive oil, and then add the rest of the pasta later. The result is a beautiful confetti-like color that gets even more pop from red tomatoes and chopped herbs such as basil or fresh oregano. Hope you enjoy this!

Serve this with my Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

Chicken Cordon Bleu on a bed of toasted orzo pasta! Photo by Veronica Hill.

Orzo Pasta Recipe

Orzo Pasta Recipe


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
  • 2 cups orzo pasta
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic-shallot puree (or crushed garlic)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or basil
  • 2-3 pinches sea salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • Optional add ons: grated parmesan cheese, olives, artichoke hearts


  1. Preheat a large stock pot to medium high.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 cup orzo pasta. Saute pasta until browned.
  3. Stir in the rest of the pasta and 2 quarts of water. Season with a few pinches of sea salt.
  4. After 12 minutes, strain the pasta.
  5. In a saute pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Melt down. Add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic-shallot puree. Cook for 1 minute. Add diced tomato, cook down a bit, then add the pasta. Stir to incorporate the pasta. Finally, add 1 tablespoon chopped oregano or basil.
  6. Season with salt and pepper if needed, and serve!
  7. Note: If using the optional add-ons, add at the same time you add the tomato.

Orzo Pasta Recipe Video