Broccoli and Orzo

A simple side dish which combines orzo, a rice shaped pasta with fresh broccoli, garlic and oil. A perfect side for fish or chicken or enjoy it as a main meal. This was one from the archives that was ((gasp)) missing a photo. As soon as I realized this I whipped this up real quick and updated this post.

I love orzo as a side dish because it’s quick and incorporates my vegetables and carbohydrates all into one easy dish. If you can find whole wheat orzo, it’s great here too. I make often and everyone loves it, sometimes I even enjoy it alone for lunch by doubling the portion. Enjoy!


Broccoli and Orzo 
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 3/4 cup • Points +: 5 pts • Smart Points: 4
Calories: 174.1 • Fat: 4.3 • Carbs: 30.2 • Fiber: 3.8  • Protein: 6.0

Ingredients:

  • 4.5 oz uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 cups of fresh broccoli florets only (no stems)
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste

Directions:

Trim stems off broccoli, cut into small pieces and season with salt. Steam covered with a little water until cooked, careful not to overcook. When broccoli is cooked, remove from pan and chop into smaller pieces.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in medium pot of salted water as directed for al dente. Reserve about 1/2 cup liquid before draining. Drain orzo in a colander and add the oil to the pot. Saute garlic a few minutes until golden, add broccoli, season with salt and mix well. Add orzo and stir to combine all. Add a little reserved liquid as needed so pasta isn’t dry. Serve with freshly grated cheese if desired (optional).

Makes 3 cups.