Orzo is a small, rice-shaped pasta, made bright and savory here with fresh mint and chicken broth.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1999


Recipe Summary

30 mins
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  • Bring broth to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large deep skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add orzo and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Add 1 cup simmering broth to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly with a long-handled spoon, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 1 minute.

  • Adjust heat as necessary to maintain a simmer. Continue cooking and stirring, adding broth 1 cup at a time, until orzo is tender but still firm, 15 to 20 minutes total. Season with pepper, stir in mint and serve.

Nutrition Facts

191 calories; protein 8.6g 17% DV; carbohydrates 34.5g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 1.9g 8% DV; sugars 3g; fat 2.4g 4% DV; saturated fat 0.4g 2% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 156.6IU 3% DV; vitamin c 2.6mg 4% DV; folate 13mcg 3% DV; calcium 19.8mg 2% DV; iron 2.1mg 12% DV; magnesium 29mg 10% DV; potassium 260mg 7% DV; sodium 419.8mg 17% DV; thiamin 0.4mg 36% DV.

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Really delicious! Forgot to 'cook' the orzo in oil before adding the broth. Instead I added the orzo to the broth first...I might reword that part of the recipe and use 'toast in oil' instead...it still tasted delish even though it had a slimy texture. Next time toasted pine nuts would be really tasty mixed in at the end to add some crunchiness. And serving the hot orzo on a bed of fresh arugula or spinach would compliment the flavors! I cooked this as a side dish to a delicious Mediterranean recipe for chicken cooked in white wine and broth with prunes and pine nuts. The flavor of this well-balanced combo was delectable!! Finished it off with a simple salad with tomatoes red onions feta cheese and a lemon balsamic olive oil dressing. Clean plates all around!! Read More