25 Orzo Dinners Your Family Will Love
Chicken Florentine Salad with Orzo Pasta
This chicken pasta salad recipe makes enough to serve eight people as a main dish. You can cook the orzo a day in advance if you think you'll be pressed for time. Drizzle just enough vegetable oil on the cooked orzo to keep it from sticking.
Colorful Garlic Orzo
Six cloves of garlic, fresh spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, peas, carrots, and ground turkey are combined with orzo pasta to make this dinner dish that's sure to fill you up. You can use whatever vegetables you have to hand, or make it even simpler by using frozen veggies.
Pesto Orzo with Roasted Zucchini
Thick slices of seasoned and roasted zucchini are tossed with cooked orzo, pesto, and cherry tomatoes to make this flavor-packed vegetarian dinner. "I made this recipe as is and wouldn't change a thing," raves reviewer MommaBean3. "This will definitely be a staple in my house!"
Orzo and Chicken Stuffed Peppers
Bell pepper halves are baked until tender, then filled with a flavorful chicken-orzo mixture, and topped with grated Parmesan. Recipe creator Luv2Cook4Her recommends cooking sliced mushrooms and the remaining green onions in butter as a flavorful finishing touch.
Sarah's Feta Rice Pilaf
This tasty pilaf is made with orzo pasta (instead of rice) and flavored with creamy feta, spinach, and garlic. Delicious with grilled chicken and a Greek-style salad.
Mushroom and Pea Orzotto
Typically risotto is made with arborio rice; this is a mock-risotto using orzo which is just as delicious. You can use any variety of mushrooms as each will impart a different flavor to the finished dish. Try dried porcini mushrooms - rehydrating them in hot water first so they impart their rich flavor.
Baked Salmon with Lemony Orzo and Basil-Bacon Peas
Christmas Pasta Salad
Cooked orzo pasta is tossed with pesto and lemon juice, then topped with mozzarella cheese balls, and pepperoni strips. The colors might be reminiscent of Christmas, but this filling orzo salad can be enjoyed any time of the year.
Creamy Boursin Orzo with Chicken and Mushrooms
Cooking the chicken, onions, mushrooms and orzo in one skillet means you keep all the flavor. You could use a rotisserie chicken if you're pressed for time.
Orzo with Tomatoes, Basil, and Gorgonzola
This vegetarian-friendly warm pasta salad has all the flavors of summer packed into one dish. Cooked orzo is topped with olive oil, garlic, ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. Add toasted pine nuts for added crunch.
Greek Lamb and Orzo
This easy Greek-inspired lamb, tomato and orzo dish comes together in just 30 minutes. Serve hot, topped with crumbled feta cheese and oregano for extra flavor.
Orzo and Shrimp Salad with Asparagus
This is a lovely, light orzo pasta salad dish with an olive oil, lemon and basil dressing. It can be served chilled or warm. Plus, you can easily double the amount of shrimp for a more substantial dinner.
Creamy Seafood Hot Pot
This creamy seafood stew with vegetables and orzo is ready in about 30 minutes, making it an easy dinner to serve on busy weeknights. Cook, uncovered, for two to three minutes more if you prefer a thicker consistency. Serve in wide bowls and pass around warm bread rolls to mop up every last morsel.
Jambalaya In a Jiffy
Chicken and Orzo Soup with Fennel
Electric Pressure Cooker Venison Ragout
Serve this tender venison ragout, that's made in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as an Instant Pot), over hot orzo pasta for some sophisticated comfort food.
Garlic Chicken with Orzo Noodles
This versatile garlic chicken recipe with orzo and spinach has more than 900 glowing reviews. "The orzo pasta makes this recipe VERY kid-friendly," says reviewer Cinzia. "I usually toast the pasta for a few minutes in a dry skillet prior to cooking in boiling water — it adds a nutty flavor."
Chicken and Orzo Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Portobello mushrooms are stuffed with a flavorful combination of cooked chicken, orzo, garlic, and spinach. Topped with a layer of melted mozzarella cheese, this Italian-inspired dinner makes a hearty meal for two.
Italian Wedding Soup with Orzo
This Italian restaurant favorite is a hearty soup made with meatballs, lots of vegetables, and pasta. Feel free to mix and match ground pork, veal, and beef to make the meatballs.
Easy Mediterranean Orzo Salad
Orzo, black olives, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, and roasted red peppers are tossed with lemon-infused olive oil. Garnish the salad with toasted pine nuts and grated ricotta for a light summer dinner.
Orzo with Chicken and Artichokes
This Italian-inspired chicken and orzo dish (made with pancetta, artichokes, and pine nuts) is a great way to use up leftover roast chicken or turkey.
Tomato Orzo Soup with Kale
Packed with cannellini beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, and orzo, you probably already have all the ingredients for this comforting soup on hand.
Youvetsi (Traditional Greek Orzo Bake)
This authentic Greek dish is easier than it looks. Recipe creator STEFADOURAKI says it's a childhood favorite: "It's usually made with veal or lamb stew meat, but my family has always used chicken, which is delicious! You can use whichever you prefer. Either way, this baked orzo dish will melt in your mouth!"
Roasted Vegetable Orzo
Pair this orzo pasta salad with roast chicken or serve warm on it's own. It's so versatile, you can use whatever vegetables are in season.
One-Pot Chicken and Sausage Orzo
Spicy sausage and chicken thighs are combined with tomatoes and orzo pasta in this easy one-pot dish.