Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf Recipe
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Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf Recipe

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"Mildly flavored and flecked with garlic and fresh herbs, this creamy, versatile side dish can accompany a wide variety of entrees. Plus, it’s a cinch to put together." --Mary Relyea of Canastota, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 227 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 426mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook garlic in oil over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add orzo and rice; cook 4-6 minutes longer or until lightly browned.
  2. Stir in broth and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Stir in the onions, basil, parsley and salt. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf in Light & Tasty June/July 2007, p17

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Onemizen User ID: 8656868 244857
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016

"Great side, gets done in under 30 min from start to finish. Will do again!"

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 224880
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

"The flavor was light, fresh and delicious! If I wasn't watching my calories, I would have shredded some fresh Parmesan or Asiago on top! Great side dish!"

fascinator User ID: 7633968 221642
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"Very good. Make again."

shawncallen User ID: 7109100 160743
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"I made this tonight and will definitely make it again. I enjoyed the flavor and how the liquids were the correct amount, so the orzo and rice were tender and there was no extra liquid or gummy area at the bottom of the pot. Best of all, the recipe uses ingredients that I usually have on-hand. This will be a good recipe to use in the spring, when herbs are growing in the garden, for years to come."

Brenda2772 User ID: 2165447 77594
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"Didn't have garlic to slice; used minced. Still good, but was missing something."

DELLQ User ID: 1699038 78613
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

"I have made this several times it is very tasty."

jujubean79 User ID: 5830255 135501
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"I really enjoy this side dish and make it often. I add about a 1/4 up of shredded romano cheese for some creamy flavor punch. Super easy to make."

leandrasue User ID: 3470452 85564
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2008

"I love this recipe and have made it several times. It is very easy to make and my guests have even asked for the recipe."

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