Pesto Orzo With Peas

READY IN: 22mins
Recipe by Pam-I-Am

Orzo, or Rosamarina, is a rice-shaped pasta that cooks quickly. Adding the peas and pesto gives it a nice flavor. It makes a nice side dish to grilled chicken, oven-baked pork chops or anything you can think of.

Top Review by ChefDLH

Thanks for posting Pam! This is a very mild flavored side dish that would be good for any palate. It was nice as written. My husband and I felt something was missing flavor-wise but couldn't put our finger on it but even so we enjoyed it. The kids ate it as there was no strong overpowering spice or taste. After eating it the way it was written, I tried topping it with some fresh grated parmesan and it was good too. Perfect for when you want a side dish to be a sidekick for the main dish and not take over it yet be well received. Enjoy. ChefDLH

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan, cook orzo as directed on the package, adding the peas during the last 4 to 6 minutes of cooking time, cook until tender.
  2. Drain excess liquid. Add pesto and toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve.
  3. Makes 5 (3/4 cup) servings.

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