Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 12 mins

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.

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.


Most Helpful

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

ChefDLH December 21, 2009

Three ingredients, one pan - What could be better? How about that it tastes incredible! We really enjoyed this one.

Ginny Sue August 10, 2008

I did not like this at all. It is very bland so I spiced it up a bit but to no avail. Could just be my taste buds. My husband said it was OK but not something he would have to have again.

Jazz Lover June 11, 2008

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