Orzo Rice Recipe

Published on April 23rd 2023 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Front shot Orzo Rice

Orzo rice is an exciting combination. It's made with orzo pasta and jasmine rice, so it's the best of both worlds. The orzo rice also has cherry tomatoes for a bite of acidity, onions, garlic, and basil for a fresh flavor, and crumbled feta cheese for a salty flavor. This orzo rice is the perfect side dish to serve with black pepper chicken or instant pot cornish hen

 

Is orzo pasta or rice?

Orzo is pasta that is shaped like rice. 

 

Is orzo pasta healthier than rice?

Orzo contains more carbohydrates, protein, and calories. Additionally, it does not contain as much fat as rice. However, rice, especially brown rice, is healthier than orzo. 

 

Is orzo healthy for diabetics?

People with diabetes can enjoy small portions of orzo. However, you can also substitute whole grain orzo or other whole grains like quinoa or couscous.  

 

Is orzo low in carbs?

Orzo is high in carbs. A 1/4 cup serving of orzo has 31.8 grams of carbs. 

 

Author: Sarah Leadon
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Time & Serves

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
23 mins
Total Time
33 mins
Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Low-Sodium Vegetable Stock



     

  • 1/2 cup Orzo

     

  • 1/2 cup Jasmine Rice

     

  • 1 teaspoon Salt 

     

  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper 

     

  • Juice of 1 Lemon 

     

  • 1 tablespoon Butter

     

  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Basil, minced 

     

  • 1/2 pint Cherry Tomatoes, halved 

     

  • 1/2 Red Onion, diced 

     

  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced 

     

  • 1/4 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled 

Instructions

Place the vegetable stock, orzo, jasmine rice, salt, and black pepper into a medium pot and place it over medium-high heat. 

 

Prepare rice

Let the orzo rice boil, then decrease the heat to medium-low and cover it. Cook it for 18 minutes until the orzo and jasmine rice is tender and the liquid evaporates. 



 

Cooking Orzo Rice

Remove the orzo rice from the stove and let it sit covered for 10 minutes.

 

Resting Orzo Rice

Fluff the orzo rice with a fork and place it into a large bowl. 

 

Place Orzo Rice in bowl

Add the lemon juice, butter, and basil and toss to combine. 

 

Adding lemon, butter and basil to the Orzo Rice

Add the cherry tomatoes, red onion, garlic, and feta cheese to the orzo rice and toss to combine. 

 

Adding tomatoes, onion, garlic and cheese

Place the orzo rice into a serving dish and enjoy!

Serving Orzo Rice
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Sarah Leadon
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Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon