Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a nice side dish for spring or summer. It goes very nicely as a side for fish or seafood. Feel free to adjust the amount of garlic to your taste. The orzo pasta can be cooked up to 4 hrs ahead: cook and drain, then rinse under cold water; drain again and store covered in the refrigerator. Found in Sunset magazine.


  1. Bring 3 qts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add orzo and cook until pasta is just tender to bite, ten minutes. Drain orzo and return to pan.
  2. Meanwhile, finely chop bell peppers, set aside.
  3. In a food processor, combine butter, basil and garlic. Add this mixture to orzo in pan. Stir over medium-low heat until butter is melted and pasta is hot.
  4. Stir in peppers, tomatoes, cheese and capers, Pour onto a rimmed platter and serve hot, warm or at room temperature.
Most Helpful

Beautiful tasty side dish! I did use the food processor just chopped the basil and added everything to the cooked pasta.Added a nice dose of black pepper and extra garlic. Made for Whine and Cheese of ZWT 6. Thanks!

Rita~ June 13, 2010

What a great orzo dish! A perfect accompaniment to grilled garlic prawns. I like to char my capers in a little olive oil to take some of the bitter away and give a nice earthy flavor to them. I haven't had orzo in ages and thoroughly enjoyed this dish.

Pot Scrubber June 13, 2010