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Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf Recipe

Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf Recipe

"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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016

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

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!"

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"Very good. Make again."

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."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

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

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

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

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."

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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