This is a great recipe for people on a budget or for picky eaters. It is also very easy to make. This recipe lists the basic ingredients, but you should try adding other vegetables or ingredients to suit your taste. I typically add carrots and onions. Just be sure to add a little extra water to compensate for additional ingredients. If you aren't a vegetarian you can use chicken bouillon.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in orzo and garlic, and saute until lightly browned. Place potatoes, carrot, and onion in the saucepan. Continue to cook and stir until tender. Season with dried Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

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  • Mix water into the saucepan. Stir in vegetable bouillon until dissolved. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes, or until orzo is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Top with Parmesan cheese to serve.

Nutrition Facts

465 calories; protein 20g 40% DV; carbohydrates 66.1g 21% DV; fat 13.9g 21% DV; cholesterol 37.3mg 12% DV; sodium 451.9mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2003
Wow! Doggie-Daddy asked "Are we out of food?" and I replied "Why no!" and quickly searched for a recipe involving orzo et voila! -- this recipe certainly did the trick. It's a keeper. While cooking the smell is wonderful: like hashbrowns (potato is in the mix) and I do declare that Parmesan may be omitted... I tasted it before pouring on the cheese and it can really be eaten either way. Also added thai pepper for a touch of heat and didn't have carrots so yes! it's a good base to go on -- orzo potatoes onions garlic butter are the musts for this taste I think. Only thing though it took me longer than 30 mins. (the simmering alone is 12 mins.) and there's minced dicing peeling involved so I'd say it generally would take about an hour instead... or am I just a turtle. Eat it up dudes! Thanks. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2009
Not bad...I had no carrots so used peas and frozen kernel corn instead...it is a bit bland though and I felt the italian seasoning was overpowering. I will make this again but will omit the thyme and use more oregano and basil. Read More
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40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2003
Wow! Doggie-Daddy asked "Are we out of food?" and I replied "Why no!" and quickly searched for a recipe involving orzo et voila! -- this recipe certainly did the trick. It's a keeper. While cooking the smell is wonderful: like hashbrowns (potato is in the mix) and I do declare that Parmesan may be omitted... I tasted it before pouring on the cheese and it can really be eaten either way. Also added thai pepper for a touch of heat and didn't have carrots so yes! it's a good base to go on -- orzo potatoes onions garlic butter are the musts for this taste I think. Only thing though it took me longer than 30 mins. (the simmering alone is 12 mins.) and there's minced dicing peeling involved so I'd say it generally would take about an hour instead... or am I just a turtle. Eat it up dudes! Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2006
I make this quite often. I love it. I do add extra garlic but that's it. The Italian seasonings and parmesan are a perfect blen. It's a great side to almost anything. Company is always impressed. Thanks for posting! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2006
I had to add quite a bit of spices and extra garlic but it was a good start to a recipe. I also added the water and boullion with the potatoes as soon as the orzo and garlic was done cooking. Otherwise I think it would have taken longer to cook the potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2009
Not bad...I had no carrots so used peas and frozen kernel corn instead...it is a bit bland though and I felt the italian seasoning was overpowering. I will make this again but will omit the thyme and use more oregano and basil. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/14/2004
This is pretty good definitely a good starting point. I found it a bit bland personally but my family loved it. (Usually they say things _I_ like are bland:-p) Adding extra salt stirring in some crunchy veggies near the end or adding something spicy such as cayenne could really brighten this dish up. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/30/2011
I changed this up a bit & everyone loved it! Used half butter half EVOO to start. After browning orzo & sauteing garlic added onion brocolli & califlower & a small amt. of frozen peas & sauteed another 5 min. Added 2 1/2 c. of veggie broth (not water & 1 bullion cube... too bland) & potatoes. Used fresh oregano & basil in place of dried seasonings. Didn't need even 1/2 c. of parmesan after that just a sprinkling. Took 35 minutes start to finish including chopping. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2007
This was pretty good. I didn't have vegetable bouillon so used chicken broth for the liquid. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2009
My husband and I love this one. I usually increase the carrots and add a good amount of dried basil. Make sure to cut the potatoes small or it will take a long time to cook. We also like a lot of Parmesan for this one. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/03/2004
ehhhh...Didn't do much for me. Was pretty bland I forgot to top with Parmesean cheese but I don't think it would have made much of a difference. WIth some tweeking this has the potential to be an awesome recipie but for now blah! Read More
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