Colorful Garlic Orzo


This dish is fast, easy, colorful, healthy, and delicious! Don't skip the chicken broth; it adds essential flavor to the dish. I like mine extra garlicky and go for the full 6 cloves, but it's plenty flavorful with less. You can use just about any veggies or meat in this recipe and it will still be great. I use all frozen veggies so I only need to shop for tomatoes, and even those I could use canned if I feel lazy, making this a true from-the-pantry meal with no shopping required.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 2 cups orzo pasta

  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground turkey

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste

  • 4 cups fresh spinach leaves

  • 4 cups frozen broccoli florets

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

  • cup frozen peas

  • cup frozen carrots

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring chicken broth to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling broth, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat; do not drain.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir turkey in the hot skillet until crumbly and evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Stir garlic and red pepper flakes into turkey; cook for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium. Add spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, peas, carrots, orzo, and broth to the turkey mixture and cook, stirring often, until spinach is wilted and tomatoes begin to split, 5 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

Cook's Note:

I usually use a heaping 1/2 teaspoon of the red pepper flakes. This dish is very light but the garlic and red pepper flakes give it tons of flavor!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

484 Calories
11g Fat
63g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 484
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 782mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 79mg 393%
Calcium 126mg 10%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 846mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.