Published on October 27, 2023 / Last updated on November 1, 2023
These are the best Orzo recipes for easy weeknight dinners! From one pan creamy orzo to orzo soups, it’s one of the most versatile pastas and a favorite all around.
Orzo is one of our favorite pasta shapes, because it is small and can be used in a wide variety of recipes. Our kids also love it because it’s easy for them to scoop!
What is orzo?
Orzo is a small, flat pasta that looks like rice, in the sense that it is long and narrow and just a little larger.
It can be cooked like pasta, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, or similar to rice, in a one-pan method where it absorbs the majority of the cooking liquid as it simmers.
Like all pasta, it is perfect for taking on a variety of different flavors and can be paired with vegetables, meat, other proteins, and your favorite pasta sauce. It is perfect for warm and cold preparations!
See some of our favorite orzo recipes below, and let me know if you get a chance to try any!
How to cook orzo:
There are two methods for cooking orzo:
Traditional boiled method:
Simply bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the orzo pasta and cook until al dente, roughly 7-8 minutes (but always check the package and taste test for best results).
Bring 2 cups of salted water to a boil, then add in the uncooked orzo. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Our favorite easy Orzo recipes:
Sun Dried Tomato and Spinach Orzo
Delicious and filling, this Sun Dried Tomato and Spinach Orzo one-pot dish is ready in less than 30 minutes! It's perfect for busy weeknights, or to serve at a dinner party or a special occasion!
Sausage Orzo Soup is filling, comforting, and so easy to make, with flavorful Italian sausage and yummy orzo pasta in a savory tomato sauce, it's perfect for warming up on a cold day or for feeding the whole family on busy weeknights!
This One Pan Chicken Meatballs with Orzo recipe is so delicious, and only takes 45 minutes to make! With homemade chicken meatballs in a creamy Parmesan sauce, it's cooked with yummy Orzo pasta to make a filling dish the whole family will love!
This Greek Pasta Salad recipe is flavorful and filling, made with the freshest ingredients and a homemade Greek dressing! It's very quick and easy to make, perfect to serve as a side dish with a hearty main, or as a light dinner on hot summer days.
My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!