Artichoke Orzo Pilaf Recipe

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Canned artichoke hearts bring a tangy taste to tangy orzo pasta in this side dish. "This saute is quick and easy...and tasty, too," writes Stacy Crochet of Watertown, Connecticut.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 medium leek (white portion only), chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 181 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 382mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute leek and orzo in oil for 3 minutes or until leek is tender. Add the broth, water and Italian seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in artichoke hearts and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Artichoke Orzo Pilaf in Light & Tasty December/January 2004, p19

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ConnieK User ID: 282614 134458
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"This is very good and so easy to make. Something different for a pasta side."

Sportbominable User ID: 988923 134457
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"This was so easy to make and delicious. My 2 and 4 year olds loved it."

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