Cheesy Orzo Pilaf

READY IN: 28mins
Recipe by Manami

The next time you are going to reach for the rice to make a pilaf, choose orzo pasta instead! This pasta is shaped like a grain of rice. It's delicious in this easy recipe - it is loaded with all kinds of good stuff! I love it and it shows. LOL

Top Review by Shug22

I left out the wine and peas and added spicy grated cheese! I also used PHO vegetarian stock to keep it healthier. My cheeses were low fat as well, turned out GREAT! See pic :

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until crisp-tender, about 6-7 minutes.
  3. Add in sweet red peppers and just warm throughout.
  4. Add orzo; cook and stir until pasta is slightly toasted, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in broth, water, salt, and pepper & bring to a simmer.
  6. Reduce heat to low, cover saucepan, and cook until pasta is al dente, about 11-16 minutes.
  7. Add peas to saucepan, cover again, and remove from heat.
  8. Let stand 5 minutes.
  9. Add cheese and parsley; stir in gently with a fork and serve pilaf immediately.

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