Meet Orzo – what I call “Supergrain.” It

 looks like a large grain of your mild-mannered rice, but it’s really a form of pasta that can stand up to any recipe and leap tall buildings in a single bound. If it’s made from semolina (milled durum wheat, a “hard” variety) it will remain resilient in cooking, and can even be simmered in a stew or baked without losing its chewy character. Let it become your new all-purpose best friend in the kitchen.

orzo

The name is Italian and means barley because orzo used to be made from it rather than the wheat varieties used today. It’s terrific in soups and you can use it as a side or cooked into all kinds of dishes. Orzo is my new favorite and I use it in tons of dishes.

Orzo with Feta and Basil 

orzo with feta and basil

This salad is delish as a side dish for tuna steak (or at any milchig meal), but can almost be a full lunch meal if you add tomatoes. 

Italian Wedding Soup 

This soup will be your new Friday night swap for classic chicken soup, but it makes a perfect week day dinner too.

You can cook orzo as you would pasta (with lots of water and then drain it) or as you would rice (with just enough water to be absorbed.) Use four cups of water to 1½ cups of orzo and let it cook for about 10 minutes.

It’s another one of those fab presto-chango foods that gets you out of the kitchen fast!

A FEW MORE FAN FAVORITE ORZO RECIPES FOR YOU:

ORZO TOMATO AND FETA PASTA SALAD

Orzo Tomato Feta Herb Salad

Such a wonderful platter to serve to guests as part of a dairy meal, let them assemble with all their favorite goodies. 

ORZO WITH CHICKEN, DILL AND CHICKPEAS

orzo w_chicken

The perfect answer to leftover chicken, make this orzo bowl for a great pack it up lunch or quick and easy dinner. 

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