Healthy Orzo Recipes

Find healthy, delicious orzo recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Minestra Maritata (Italian Wedding Soup) 

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
Forget the marble-size meatballs you find in many versions of this Italian Wedding Soup. In this easy recipe, they're full-size, full-flavored and plenty filling.
By Robin Bashinsky

Skillet Chicken with Orzo & Tomatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
In this healthy chicken recipe, chicken thighs are infused with lemon, garlic and herbs and paired with orzo that's perfectly al dente. Charred tomatoes and onions add full flavor to complete this easy, one-skillet dinner.
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By Liv Dansky

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup with Kale

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
This healthy, easy soup is loaded with vegetables, protein and fiber to keep you full and fueled. Serve this winter soup topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and a side of garlic toast.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Creamy Mushroom & Orzo Soup with Lemon & Parmesan

Rating: 3 stars 1
This creamy mushroom soup is filled with hearty orzo and plenty of veggies. The sherry, thyme and lemon boost and brighten the flavor, while sour cream thickens the broth and gives it extra tanginess.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

One-Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta with Zucchini

Rating: 3.5 stars 2
This one-pot creamy chicken with zucchini is comfort food at its best. Here, we take advantage of fresh summer zucchini, which lightens up the dish. This easy dinner is made all in one pot on the stovetop, so you can give your oven a rest on a warm day and enjoy an easy cleanup.
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By Adam Dolge

Chicken with Spinach & Tomato Orzo Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Baked chicken breasts cook in the oven while you mix together a Mediterranean-inspired salad--packed with veggies, whole-wheat orzo and an easy homemade vinaigrette--for a weekend-worthy dinner on the table in under an hour. The leftovers from this healthy 400-calorie meal make a delicious packable lunch for the next day.
By Carolyn Casner

Peppery Barbecue-Glazed Shrimp with Vegetables & Orzo

Rating: 5 stars 5
In this healthy BBQ shrimp recipe, shrimp are seasoned with a peppery spice blend and served with zucchini, peppers and whole-grain orzo for a delicious and easy dinner that's ready in just 30 minutes. The shrimp and veggies are cooked in the same skillet, so cleanup is a snap too.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Broccolini, Chicken Sausage & Orzo Skillet

Rating: 5 stars 6
We love this quick skillet meal for busy evenings. The sausage and orzo simmer together in chicken broth, resulting in a creamy, risotto-like dish in under 30 minutes.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Salmon with Lemon-Herb Orzo & Broccoli

Rating: 5 stars 1
This healthy salmon dish is as balanced as it is delicious.
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By Laura Kanya

Tex-Mex Pasta Salad

A light and creamy green-salsa dressing highlights this easy pasta salad with Southwestern flavors.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo

Rating: 3.5 stars 19
Sun-dried tomatoes and Romano cheese pack a flavorful punch along with the tantalizing aroma of fresh marjoram in this rustic Italian-inspired dish. Serve with sautéed fresh spinach or steamed broccolini.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Lemon Shrimp & Orzo Salad

Rating: 5 stars 1
Consider making a double batch of this easy pasta salad--it's delicious the next day. The orzo will absorb the dressing as it sits, so add a little more olive oil and lemon juice if you'd like.
By Adam Dolge
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Inspiration and Ideas

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Tuna Casserole with Orzo, Eggplant & Feta
Rating: Unrated 3
Tuna casserole is a timeless comfort-food recipe; this one incorporates eggplant, artichoke hearts, oregano, olives and feta cheese for a Greek-inspired flair.
Creamy Artichoke Pasta

This creamy artichoke pasta uses lemon zest and parsley to balance the richness of the Parmesan cheese sauce. You can use frozen or canned artichoke hearts in this healthy pasta recipe.