Garlic and Fresh Herb Orzo

I wanted to make a light and simple side dish to pair with the Dijon and Herb Panko-Crusted Halibut and the Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic I was serving for dinner. I had basil and parsley as well as tons of garlic so I decided it add them to some orzo. The herbs and garlic gave the simple pasta a nice flavor boost. We all really liked this orzo and thought it went really well with the fish. My kids squeezed lemon juice on top of theirs and said it was extra tasty.

Boil salted water over high heat. Add the orzo and cook it per instructions. Drain reserving 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.

Heat the olive oil in the same pot. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the drained orzo back to the pot and a bit of the reserved cooking liquid. Stir then season well with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the fresh parsley and basil then toss to coat evenly. Taste and re-season if needed or add more reserved water if dry. Serve immediately.

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Garlic and Fresh Herb Orzo

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

1 cup dry orzo, cooked per instructions
1 tbsp olive oil
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped finely
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped finely
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Garnish options:
Finely grated Parmesan cheese
Lemon wedges

Directions:

Boil salted water over high heat. Add the orzo and cook it per instructions. Drain reserving 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.

Heat the olive oil in the same pot. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the drained orzo back to the pot and a bit of the reserved cooking liquid. Stir then season well with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the fresh parsley and basil then toss to coat evenly. Taste and re-season if needed or add more reserved water if dry. Serve immediately.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

 

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16 Responses to “Garlic and Fresh Herb Orzo”

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — August 21, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    I love how light and fresh this orzo looks, I think it could make a great main dish too!

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    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — August 21, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    I love this kind of side – it seems so simple and yet everyone always comes back for more!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — August 21, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    Such a light but flavorful dish. Perfect side dish with any protein. Delicious Pam!

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    Blond Duck — August 22, 2013 @ 3:53 am

    I’ve never tried orzo!

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    Jenn — August 22, 2013 @ 5:25 am

    I love orzo…. Chris does not… so I very rarely actually get to enjoy it. This is quite perfect though… simple and flavorful!

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    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen — August 22, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    I have fallen madly in love with orzo. There is just so much you can do with it. Fresh herbs and orzo are fantastic.
    Sam

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    Lia — August 22, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Hi Pam,
    Another simple but yet super delicious combination of ingredients and flavours!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Marjie — August 22, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    I’ve never cooked orzo plain; I always use it in rice or soup. Maybe it’s time to rethink that position, since this looks really good.

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    rosita — August 22, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    Cuando niña siempre comía esta pasta lindo plato nutritivo,saludos y abrazos.

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    Jovina Coughlin — August 22, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    We are thinking and cooking alike this week – garlic and herbs. The orzo looks inviting and I bet it went very well with the fish.

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    Kim n MD — August 22, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    My family loves orzo! I can just imagine how delicious this was paired with the halibut and the green beans…what a fabulous, healthy meal!

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    Joanne — August 22, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

    I’m never very good at coming up with side dishes! Definitely keeping this orzo in mind!

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    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness — August 22, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

    Simple side dishes usually turn out to be the most delicious. This one sounds really tasty.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 23, 2013 @ 1:25 am

    Light and delicious! This is a great side.

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — August 24, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    I’m always looking for something new to do with orzo. This looks great!

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    Chris — August 25, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    Pinned it!

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