Simple dish, easily and quickly prepared, that can be served on its own for a complete meal. Orzo pasta resembles a short grain white rice, but takes less time to cook.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a 4 quart saucepan, combine water and pasta. Cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a full boil, 4 to 6 minutes. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

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  • Stir in frozen vegetables, cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Cook until vegetables are tender crisp, 2 to 4 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain.

  • Stir in beans, butter or margarine, tarragon, and thyme. Continue cooking until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

295.2 calories; 11.5 g protein; 47.3 g carbohydrates; 15.3 mg cholesterol; 293.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (22)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2003
This was great! I altered it slightly: I added a small can of mushrooms (drained). Since I didn't a bag of frozen mixed veggies I used a small bag of frozen peas. I didn't have tarragon so I added some basil onion salt and pepper. Very satisfying. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/10/2007
I did not care for this dish at all despite being a fan of black beans orzo and veggies. The seasoning was off - no depth of flavour and the dish was dry and lifeless. Not a favorite for sure. Read More
(5)
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2003
This was great! I altered it slightly: I added a small can of mushrooms (drained). Since I didn't a bag of frozen mixed veggies I used a small bag of frozen peas. I didn't have tarragon so I added some basil onion salt and pepper. Very satisfying. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2003
This was great! I altered it slightly: I added a small can of mushrooms (drained). Since I didn't a bag of frozen mixed veggies I used a small bag of frozen peas. I didn't have tarragon so I added some basil onion salt and pepper. Very satisfying. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2002
This is one of my favorite dishes. I have found that bow-tie pasta works as a good substitute for the orzo as it holds the ingredients together better and makes the dish a little more substantial as a main dish rather than a side. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/10/2007
I did not care for this dish at all despite being a fan of black beans orzo and veggies. The seasoning was off - no depth of flavour and the dish was dry and lifeless. Not a favorite for sure. Read More
(5)
Rating: 1 stars
08/12/2007
I really didn't like this. It may have been better with fresh vegetables but I won't be trying it again to find out. The flavors were quite bland. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2002
I really enjoyed this dish especially because it is very healthy and very easy. (I reduced the butter to 1 TBS to lower the fat content. I also didn't cook the orzo for as long because I was afraid it would get too mushy.) Evidently the previous reviewer forgot to DRAIN the orzo and vegetables before adding the other ingredients and that's why it didn't turn out good. My 2 year old daughter even liked it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/10/2006
To me this was sort of bland but the rest of the family thought it was good. We had it as a main course but it is certainly more of a side dish. Also I think I just have an aversion to frozen vegetables. Perhaps I would have liked it better if I had used fresh. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/29/2002
This is a very easy and quick recipe but I may have done something wrong as it tasted horrible. I followed the directions but the water added was too much. The orzo tasted bland with just the taste of tarragon to cover it. I could not get my family to eat it. It was as if we were eating watery pasta that had a strong tarragon after taste. Maybe cutting the water amount in half or more would have helped. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/23/2008
I agree this was a little bland. I added some chili garlic paste and Parmesan and it was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2007
My family loved this! I used fake butter spray (counting calories). I also used Goya Adobo seasoning instead of the called for seasoning. It was a hit! Read More
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