Beefed-Up Spanish Orzo

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

A skillet supper that comes together in a matter of minutes!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook orzo according to package directions; drain, and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over high heat.
  3. Add beef, mushrooms, onion, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  4. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and beef is no longer pink, stirring frequently.
  5. Add cooked orzo, spaghetti sauce, and salsa.
  6. Reduce heat to low and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until heated through, stirring frequently.
  7. Garnish with olives and serve.


Most Helpful

Made this for dinner tonight and it was very good! I was skeptical about the salsa and almost didn't add it, but I'm glad I did; it makes this recipe. Used O Organics roasted garlic spaghetti sauce and Pace mild chunky salsa. I also only used about 8oz of orzo.
As written, the recipe is a little spicy for my family (DH doesn't mind it, but 2-year-old DD doesn't handle spice well and neither do I!). I used slightly less than 1/2 tsp of black pepper this evening, but next time I will probably only use 1/4 tsp. With that change, this got a solid 4.5 stars from DH and from me. It's "comfort food"-y enough to please him, but different enough to keep me interested.
Also, as another reviewer noted - this makes a LOT, even with only half a pound of orzo! Lots of leftovers for tomorrow. Thank you!

Megicce October 12, 2010

Great flavorful, filling meal. I used only about 8 oz. of orzo but full amounts of everything else. Leftovers were great reheated in the microwave.

Ginny Sue May 04, 2008

Prepared as written, which was a great use of several open jars and boxes in the 'fridge and pantry!:-D Gato (DH) said he liked the texture and it was quite good. His comment -- it needs stronger flavor. I couldn't agree more. Next time a HOT salsa and a spicy spaghetti sauce... we'll see how that goes! Thanks, Yooper!

YiayiaMouse July 19, 2007

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