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Garlic Orzo Pilaf

 Garlic Orzo Pilaf
This is an easy, go-to side dish that has lots of flavor. I always have the ingredients on hand and I find it's a easier than a prepackaged rice side dish because the orzo cooks so quickly.—
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2-1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  • In a large skillet, saute garlic and pepper flakes in oil for 1
  • minute. Add orzo; saute for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Stir in chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and
  • simmer for 15-20 minutes or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle with
  • cheese if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1/2 cup (calculated without cheese) equals 256 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 259 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.