Healthy Orzo Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet

Rating: 4 stars 3
In this one-skillet Mediterranean 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 Mediterranean dinner.
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By Liv Dansky

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

Orzo Salad with Chickpeas & Artichoke Hearts

Rating: 4 stars 5
This hearty orzo salad features feta, lemon and dill, three ingredients often found in Greek cuisine. Enjoy for lunch or dinner.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Creamy Lemon Orzo with Spring Peas

Rating: 5 stars 1
This recipe is an irresistible bowl-scraper. It's fragrant and flavorful from the shallots, garlic, lemon and tarragon, and creamy from cream cheese. Plus, with the addition of low-sodium broth, the orzo cooks in the same pan as the rest of the ingredients—no extra pot or strainer necessary. You can have this easy, comforting spring dish on your table in about 30 minutes.
By Carolyn Casner

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.

Meatballs with Lemon-Garlic Orzo

Here, a little of the lemon-garlic vinaigrette used to season the orzo also gets stirred into yogurt for a flavorful and creamy topping.
By Adam Dolge

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.
By Karen Rankin

Tuna Casserole with Orzo, Eggplant & Feta

Rating: 3 stars 2
Tuna casserole is a timeless comfort-food recipe; this one incorporates eggplant, artichoke hearts, oregano, olives and feta cheese for a Greek-inspired flair.

Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Rating: 5 stars 1
Using a packaged pesto sauce mix saves time in this 20-minute orzo pasta salad recipe.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
We steam brightly colored bell peppers in the microwave to save time and then stuff them with orzo, spinach and feta. This basic recipe will work with almost any filling--try substituting different types of cheese, herbs or beans. Serve with whole-wheat pita bread and cucumber salad.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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Orzo Chicken Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing
Rating: Unrated 3
The creamy quick-blend dressing is just the thing to top this inspired Southwest pasta salad. Both can be made a day ahead.
Athenian Orzo
Rating: 5 stars 10

Orzo, a rice-shaped pasta, makes a delightful base for an authentically Greek combination of shrimp, tomatoes and feta. To serve as a side dish, omit the shrimp and drain the tomatoes before adding them.