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Orzo with olive oil and fresh basil

Is orzo rice or pasta?  It is a small pasta that actually can be mistaken for rice because of its shape.  It makes a great side dish when you prefer something lighter than rice.  I often roast peppers and zucchini to make it more substantial, or add some butter and parmesan.

Here it is just a flavorful dish with a bit of good olive oil and fresh basil to complement more of a Greek menu.

Orzo with olive oil and fresh basil

Is orzo rice or pasta?  It is a small pasta that actually can be mistaken for rice because of its shape.  It makes a great side dish when you prefer something lighter than rice.  I often roast peppers and zucchini to make it more substantial, or add some butter and parmesan.

Here it is just a flavorful dish with a bit of good olive oil and fresh basil to complement more of a Greek menu.

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Ingredients

Recipe serves: 4
1 1/2 cup orzo pasta
handful of basil, torn into pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
optional
2 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
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Orzo with olive oil and fresh basil
  • time
    30 minutes
  • serves
    4
  • skill level
    Easy

Ingredients

  • optional

Directions

1
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In a medium saucepan, add about 5 cups water and bring to a boil.

2
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Add the orzo and cook for 6-8 minutes until rice is done.

3
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Drain orzo and drizzle in the olive oil, mix with a fork to break apart any pieces that may be stuck together.

4
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Place in a bowl, add the basil and lemon juice, mix together. Option to add the pine nuts.

5
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Serve hot or at room temperature.