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    The 35 BEST Orzo Recipes

    If you’re new to cooking with orzo, or just looking for some new ideas, this collection of Orzo Recipes is for you!

    We’ve compiled this list of great orzo dishes to show you just how versatile your favorite little football shaped pasta can be, whether you’re looking for mains or side dishes.

    You’ll find cozy orzo soups, refreshing salads perfect for potlucks, easy one skillet dinners, and so much more orzo ideas!

    Cook your way through all of these great Orzo Recipes, so you’ll never have to wonder “how to cook orzo?” again!

    The 35 BEST Orzo recipes.

    Orzo Recipes

    1. Avgolemono Soup

    Meet your new go to comfort food. This Avgolemono Soup is your chicken noodle soup taken to the next level. It’s silky and smooth and oh so delicious.

    This classic Greek lemon soup uses egg and lemon (avgo-lemono) to create a creamy, velvety broth with a refreshing lemony hint and filling orzo.

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    2. Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Orzo

    Now here’s a super delicious dish. It’s creamy, cheesy and loaded with fresh mushrooms, baby spinach and grated parmesan. It’s one of the best side dishes you will ever eat!

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    3. Mediterranean Orzo Salad

    This Mediterranean Orzo Salad is an easy and refreshing orzo pasta salad with great Mediterranean ingredients like kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. Great for lunch, or as a potluck side dish.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    4. One Pot Orzo Primavera

    This One Pot Orzo Primavera recipe is a one pan meatless dinner filled with fresh veggies like asparagus, broccoli tomatoes and more.

    It’s a light meal that is especially great in spring and summer when the veggies are freshest.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    5. Cheesy Taco Orzo

    Now here’s a recipe that is going to be a huge hit with the whole family. This cheesy taco orzo is pure comfort food, loaded with orzo, cheese and taco spiced ground beef. Top it with your favorite taco toppings.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    6. Greek Style Grilled Shrimp Orzo Pasta Salad

    This Greek style lemony orzo pasta salad is a light and refreshing summertime dish. It’s loaded with fresh herbs, grilled shrimp, veggies and feta. It has plenty of olive oil, lemon juice and fresh herbs… YUMMM.

    Get the Recipe @ oliveandmango

    7. Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

    This Italian Orzo Spinach Soup is going to be one of your new favorite orzo recipes! It has great Italian flavors, and takes next to no time to make. So good!

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    8. Sun Dried Tomato Basil and Parmesan Orzo with Chicken

    Here’s a great one pan meal for you. Sun Dried Tomato Basil and Parmesan Orzo with Chicken has such a great combination of flavors, everyone will be going for seconds!

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    9. Orzo Frittata with Spinach and Feta

    This Orzo Frittata with Spinach and Feta recipe is super dish with Mediterranean inspired flavors. This versatile dish is great any time of day, from breakfast to dinner, and everything in between!

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    10. Greek Lamb Stew with Orzo

    Greek Lamb Stew with Orzo, also known as Youvetsi, is a one pot dinner full of warm and comforting flavors. This is one of our favorite orzo recipes.

    Get the Recipe @ themediterraneandish

    11. Orzo Salad with Vegetables & Feta

    This Greek orzo salad is made with cucumbers, chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion, feta and herbs, all tossed in an herb dressing. A simple, yet hearty, pasta salad that can be served as a main course or side dish. The combination of crunchy vegetables, protein packed chickpeas and creamy feta cheese just can’t be beat!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    12. Cheesy Orzo

    Here’s your mac and cheese with a twist! Cheesy orzo is a great side dish that will keep even your pickiest eaters happy, and it only takes about 30 minutes!

    Get the Recipe @ saltandlavender

    13. Salmon Asparagus Orzo Salad

    This lemony salmon asparagus pasta salad recipe is full of the best fresh springtime flavors, is quick and easy to make, and can be served warm or as a cold pasta salad. Flaky smoked salmon tossed with some chopped asparagus, herbs, pine nuts, parmesan and a quick lemony dressing. This simple orzo salad is such a winner!

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    14. One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo

    This great one pot pasta recipe has chicken, mushrooms, spinach and orzo in a creamy parmesan sauce. It’s a super easy dinner perfect for busy weeknights.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    15. Italian Sausage Orzo Soup

    Italian Sausage Orzo Soup is a hearty bowl loaded with sausage, plenty of veggies, and lots of orzo pasta. It’s a one pot meal perfect for chilly nights.

    Get the Recipe @ chelseasmessyapron

    16. Creamy Tuscan Orzo

    This Creamy Tuscan Orzo is sooo good! It has a creamy sauce flavored with sun dried tomatoes, spinach and basil. It’s one of our favorite sides to pair with grilled or roasted chicken.

    Get the Recipe @ saltandlavender

    17. Mediterranean Chicken

    This chicken thigh recipe for Mediterranean chicken has olives, roasted peppers and orzo, all cooked in a single pan. An easy and healthy dinner option with minimal clean up at the end of the night! Perfect if you are craving Mediterranean flavors.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    18. Kale White Bean Orzo Soup

    Here’s simple and humble recipe that is beautifully flavored with a lemon rosemary broth! Serve it up with some nice crusty bread for one cozy dinner.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    19. Mediterranean Strawberry Orzo Pasta Salad

    Here’s a great light and refreshing pasta salad for all of your picnics, potlucks or BBQ’s. It’s super easy to make in no time. The flavor combo of strawberries and feta cheese is outstanding!

    Get the Recipe @ themediterraneandish

    20. Avocado Bacon Orzo

    Avocado Bacon Orzo is a great new side dish. The avocado and bacon combination is so flavorful, and combines great with orzo, peas and feta cheese. It can be served hot or cold!

    Get the Recipe @ pinchofyum

    21. Orzo Bolognese

    Orzo Bolognese is your one pot hack for when you want a hearty pasta meal fast! 20 minutes is all it takes to put this Italian feast on the table. The whole family will love it!

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    22. Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

    This Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is one of our favorites on this list. The broth is outstanding, with a bright lemon tang and fresh rosemary, thyme and sage to make it extra flavorful.

    Get the Recipe @ aberdeenskitchen

    23. Creamy Lemon Orzo with Smoked Salmon

    This orzo dish with smoked salmon is a breeze. Just handful ingredients like asparagus and smoked salmon in a rich lemon mascarpone sauce.

    You’ll have one great testing dinner on the table in no time.

    Get the Recipe @ wholeandheavenlyoven

    24. Pesto Orzo and Vegetables

    Here’s a hearty, healthy and flavorful recipe with all your favorite veggies, fresh basil pesto and orzo.

    This is a really easy and versatile recipe, and it’s a great dinner dish that will leave you asking for more!

    Get the Recipe @ twokooksinthekitchen

    25. Orzo and Olive Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

    This Orzo and Olive Stuffed Portobello Mushroom recipe is so delicious and packed full of flavors. Portobello mushrooms are stuffed with traditional pasta sauce, orzo and olives. They’re garnished with parmesan and parsley, then baked to perfection. YUM!

    Get the Recipe @ grabaplate

    26. One Pot Enchilada Orzo

    Enchilada Orzo is a really simple one pan meal that is sure to be a hit. It’s full of ingredients like corn, black beans, cheese, and enchilada sauce, and goes great with a variety of Mexican inspired toppings.

    Get the Recipe @ lecremedelacrumb

    27. Greek Salmon and Orzo Skillet

    This Greek Salmon and Orzo Skillet recipe is a wonderful one pot meal full of fresh herbs, olives, feta, and lemon. It’s one of our favorite orzo recipes.

    Get the Recipe @ reciperunner

    28. Mediterranean Salmon Orzo Salad

    This Mediterranean Salman Orzo Salad recipe is quick and easy to prepare for lunch or dinner!

    Packed full of fresh flavors and textures, it makes a healthy main dish or side dish that all will enjoy.

    Get the Recipe @ marisamoore

    29. Italian Wedding Soup

    A great pasta soup, this Italian Wedding Soup has delicious meatballs, veggies and orzo in a delightful broth. So simple, yet so satisfying!

    Get the Recipe @ dinnerthendessert

    30. Creamy Orzo Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash

    Simple pasta taken up notch with a simple fall favorite ingredient… your favorite butternut squash. This is a great one pot meal option for meatless night, or you can pair this one any of your chicken dishes. This creamy orzo pasta gets mixed in with roasted butternut squash, kale, parmesan cheese and fresh sage.

    Get the Recipe @ vikalinka

    31. One Pot Creamy Tomato Orzo

    One Pot Creamy Tomato Orzo is super simple, quick and easy. The creamy fire roasted tomato sauce is flavored with garlic, basil pesto, spinach, parmesan, Italian sausage and more.

    It’s a delicious one pot meal your family is sure to love!

    Get the Recipe @ lovelylittlekitchen

    32. Cajun Orzo with Andouille Sausage

    This Cajun Sausage and Orzo is a one pot casserole dish that comes together in no time, and has all the great flavors of New Orleans. So good!

    Get the Recipe @ melissassouthernstylekitchen

    33. Mushroom Orzo Pasta

    This rich and creamy mushroom orzo pasta is a great side dish but is hearty enough to make for a meatless night main. The crunch from the pine nuts make this one just about perfect.

    Get the Recipe @ carlsbadcravings

    34. Greek Meatballs and Orzo Skillet

    This Greek Meatball and Orzo skillet is another great one pan meal. You’ll love the Greek flavors from Kalamata olive, roasted red peppers and feta cheese. This is one of our favorite orzo recipes.

    Get the Recipe @ reciperunner

    35. Chicken Meatball Noodle Soup

    Here’s a twist on your favorite comfort soup… Chicken Meatball Noodle Soup. Tender, perfectly seasoned, chicken meatballs and orzo pasta along with veggies in a tasty light broth. You may never go back to your traditional chicken noodle!

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    So there you go, thirty five great orzo recipes for you to try. Don’t they all look delicious? Which ones will make their way into your regular rotation?

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    The 35 BEST Ways to Cook Orzo

    This collection of easy Orzo Recipes includes many sides and mains to cook with your favorite little football shaped pasta. We love this Greek lemon soup:


    • 3 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 2 carrots, chopped
    • 2 celery stalks, chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
    • 8 cups chicken stock
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 cup uncooked orzo
    • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Parsley, for garnish


      1. Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium high heat. Add in veggies and sauté for 5-10 minutes, until they start to soften up.
      2. Add in stock, bay leaves and lemon zest. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
      3. Stir in orzo and cook till al dente, then add in chicken.
      4. Whisk together the eggs, egg yolks and lemon juice in a large bowl. Gradually add in two cups of the hot broth into the egg mixture, whisking continuously. It is very important to do this stop slowly, as you want the egg to come up in temperature slowly to prevent it from cooking and clumping together. When done correctly, this provides the creamy silky texture.
      5. Stir the sauce into the soup and immediately remove from heat.
      6. Garnish with parsley and serve.


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