Spicy Broccoli and Orzo

I found this recipe on Skinnytaste and couldn’t wait to make it. I paired it with the Roasted Pepper, Spinach, and Sharp Cheddar Stuffed Chicken Breast and it was a delicious, flavorful, and healthy meal. My kids gobbled this up even though it was a bit spicy and they both said they loved it. I’ll be honest, I had seconds and I am fairly certain my husband had thirds. This will be on our table again soon.

Cut broccoli into small florets. Steam covered with a little water until just tender, be careful not to overcook it. Remove the cooked broccoli and set aside.

While the broccoli is steaming, cook pasta per instructions in salted water. Drain orzo in a colander. Add the oil to the pan over medium heat. Add the broccoli, crushed red pepper flakes, minced garlic, and broccoli. Cook, stirring constantly, for 90 seconds. Add the orzo and gently mix until well combined. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve immediately. Serve with shaved Parmesan. Enjoy.

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Spicy Broccoli and Orzo

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients:

5 oz orzo pasta, cooked per instructions
2 cups of small fresh broccoli florets
3 tsp olive oil
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, more if you want it extra spicy
2 cloves garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Cut broccoli into small florets. Steam covered with a little water until just tender,be careful not to overcook it. Remove the cooked broccoli and set aside.

While the broccoli was steaming, cook pasta per instructions in salted water. Drain orzo in a colander. Add the oil to the pan over medium heat. Add the broccoli, crushed red pepper flakes, minced garlic, and broccoli. Cook, stirring constantly, for 90 seconds. Add the orzo and gently mix until well combined. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve immediately. Serve with shaved Parmesan. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Original recipe by Skinnytaste

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14 Responses to “Spicy Broccoli and Orzo”

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    Mary — June 18, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    This orzo looks great, Pam and that chicken sounds fantastic! That’s a meal my whole family would love.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — June 18, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    This looks great, I love broccoli pasta dishes.

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — June 18, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    Oh yum! That looks delicious. Love broccoli and red pepper flakes in this dish.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 18, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

    What a wonderful side dish. I love that added spice too!

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    Ridwan — June 19, 2013 @ 4:45 am

    simply healty meal,yum :)

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    The Café Sucre Farine — June 19, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Love orzo and this combination sounds wonderful! I would have had seconds too!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 19, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    I can totally picture serving this with grilled chicken and a salad for weeknights or company. Fabulous, light recipe, Pam!

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    Joanne — June 19, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    I was really hoping you were going to share the orzo recipe! Yum!

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    Daniela — June 19, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

    Broccoli is one of mother nature’s best gifts, so tasty and healthy.
    Love the way you prepared them, very tasty and elegant.

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    honeywhatscooking — June 19, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    simply delicious. love everything here.

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    Words Of Deliciousness — June 19, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful side dish.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — June 20, 2013 @ 1:42 am

    A very healthy and delicious side dish, Pam.

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    The queen vee — July 11, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    I assume you add the garlic when you stir fry the broccoli for 90 seconds. The use of the garlic wasn’t listed anywhere in the instructions.

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    • Pam replied: — July 12th, 2013 @ 9:06 am

      Thanks for letting me know. The recipe has been fixed.

      Cheers,
      Pam

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