HOW CAN I FLAVOR ORZO?
Orzo has a neutral taste so it can take on a lot of different flavors easily. Because it’s a small pasta it’s best suited for a simple sauce or dressing. Like most pastas, orzo is a blank canvas waiting to be turned into something amazing. Whatever you have in the fridge or garden—zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, scallions or herbs—can be diced up, chopped, sauteed and combined with orzo for a satisfying dish. Top it with a little grated parmesan and pair it with a crisp white wine for a light, warm weather dinner.
Olive oil, parsley, dill and lemon make a classic Mediterranean inspired “dressing” for orzo. Add grilled shrimp, kalamata olives and some crumbled feta for a delicious summer salad.
You can also toss orzo with diced tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper for a tasty caprese inspired dish. Try adding it to your next batch of homemade tomato soup for a fun twist on a classic. Or simply combine it with a handful of fresh herbs, a little lemon juice and salt and pepper for a versatile side dish.