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