14 Orzo Recipes Starring Your New Favorite Pasta—Including Sides, Soups, and Mains

Our orzo recipes will make you want to cook this rice-shaped pasta every night of the week.

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Pernille Loof

Is there anything orzo can't do? Don’t think that this rice-like pasta is only for simple sides; orzo can play a major role in soups, be an integral part of some of our favorite quick entrees, and even get fancy for dinner parties. This collection of orzo recipes is our love note to the diminutive pasta, which often gets overlooked. It cooks quickly, has a comforting texture, and plays well with all kinds of flavors and sauces. Just because it's a pasta doesn’t mean you should use it like spaghetti; we'd argue orzo is more versatile—and you should give it a try. These recipes are the perfect place to start.

Related: Quick, Easy, and Delicious Pasta Recipes Ideal for Weeknight Dinners

Late-Summer Vegetable Soup

Packed with corn, green beans, and zucchini and cooked in tomatoes and chicken broth, this soup really tastes like the end of the season. Quick-cooking orzo adds substance, and we like it much better in this fresh-tasting soup than we would rice. 

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Lemony Orzo With Tuna

Johnny Miller
Johnny Miller

Make this easy orzo salad for a fresh-tasting lunch or to bring to a potluck. It’s sweet, fresh, and lively with oil-packed tuna, scallions, golden raisins, and fresh mint 

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One-Pot Seafood Orzo Risotto

Marcus Nilsson
Marcus Nilsson

Orzo gets fancy in this festive seafood risotto. Though we call it a risotto, it's a paella-like pasta dish that cooks on the stovetop, then your choice of seafood is added, and the dish goes under the broiler until it's cooked through.

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Herbed Orzo

So simple and so good, you may find it hard to go back to white rice after you try this herbed orzo side. It’s fat-free to boot; lemon juice, salt and pepper, and a handful of chopped fresh herbs are all you need.

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Brothy Orzo and Pork Meatballs

Ryan Liebe
Ryan Liebe

A one-pot dinner of fennel-scented meatballs cooked in broth with orzo and fresh dill.

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Corn and Zucchini Orzo Salad

John Kernick
John Kernick

This might be the ultimate pasta salad; it’s like summer in a bowl. The recipe makes enough for a crowd—you can halve the recipe or make the full batch and use half as the filling for this delicious frittata.

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Chicken, Artichoke, and Orzo Lettuce Cups

We love a lettuce cup; it's a great vehicle for all kinds of foods, not just this chicken, artichoke, and orzo salad—but we’re particularly fond of this combination. The salad comes together with a lemon-and-herb dressing

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Lemony Pesto Chicken Soup

Pernille Loof
Pernille Loof

Cooking the orzo is the main task for making this bright, lively soup that tastes like spring. We use a leftover shredded chicken or a rotisserie bird and store-bought broth and pesto so the soup is ready in 20 minutes.

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Baked Salmon With Creamy Orzo

Julia Gartland
Julia Gartland

This delicious one-pot dinner comes together in 45 minutes and tastes like restaurant fare. The orzo cooks with bacon and celery; we think it’s the former and not the latter that gives the pasta a creamy feel. Once the orzo is tender, the salmon fillets are dusted with coriander and lemon zest and nestled into the orzo to cook.  

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Skillet Shrimp and Orzo

Hector Sanchez
Hector Sanchez

A 35-minute one-pan seafood dinner that's sure to become a favorite with your family.

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Orzo and Green Beans

An easy pasta side that pairs nicely with just about any protein, from shrimp to chicken to pork—and it’s ready in less than 15 minutes.

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Braised Chicken With Artichokes, Olives, and Lemon

GEORGE BARBERIS
GEORGE BARBERIS

This homey, braised chicken dish served over a bed of orzo is a reminder to use orzo as an easy side when you want a change from rice.

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Chicken Puttanesca With Orzo

Romulo Yanes
Romulo Yanes

A 25-minute dinner that’s sure to satisfy, this puttanesca keeps the punchy tomato-based sauce with olives and capers but serves it with chicken cutlets over orzo rather than penne or another more common pasta.

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Spinach With Orzo and Feta

An easy side, spinach and feta are a classic pairing; orzo is the unexpected element and gives heft to the dish

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