Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Orzo is a small Italian pasta that looks very much like rice. This dish is a fabulous blend of creaminess which gently balances the punch of the onion and garlic. Peas and cremini mushrooms are an added surprise in this dish that can be eaten as a side or a main course.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the orzo and cook until tender but still al dente (slightly firm), stirring often, about 8 minutes. Drain, saving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, mushrooms and garlic, and saute until tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the half and half and peas. Add the orzo and toss to coat. Remove pan from heat. Add parmesan to pasta mixture.
  3. Stir pasta mixture until the sauce coats the pasta thickly, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to maintain a creamy consistency. Season the orzo with desired amount of salt, and serve hot.
  4. Chunks of chicken or shrimp could be added if you choose to serve this as a main dish.
Most Helpful

Excellent side dish. Made half the recipe, DH ate three servings and the last one before bed. Served with Balsamic chicken Thighs (71557).

adopt a greyhound May 18, 2013

I added a little pepper and other spices, but great recipe overall. Thanks for sharing ;)

neobella December 07, 2006

Nice flavor, but milder than expected. 1 pound made enough to feed an army! I would say it was 12 servings, not 8. Next time I would decrease the orzo to ½ lb and increase the garlic. Despite using high quality parmegiano reggiano, it still needed quite a bit of salt and pepper. It was easy to prepare and worth making again with some adjustments.

Kate 8:) February 15, 2006