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Broccoli and Orzo

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Broccoli and Orzo is an easy, kid-friendly side dish which combines orzo – a rice shaped pasta with fresh broccoli, garlic and oil.

Broccoli and Orzo is an easy, kid-friendly side dish which combines orzo – a rice shaped pasta with fresh broccoli, garlic and oil.
Broccoli and Orzo

It’s also quick to whip up, and makes a perfect side for fish or chicken or enjoy it as a main meal by increasing the servings.

This works great with any small pasta shape. I make this often and everyone loves it, sometimes I even enjoy it alone for lunch by doubling the portion. Enjoy!

Broccoli and Orzo

4.12 from 18 votes
5
Cals:159
Protein:5.5
Carbs:27
Fat:4
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.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Broccoli and Orzo is an easy, kid-friendly side dish which combines orzo – a rice shaped pasta with fresh broccoli, garlic and oil.
Total: 15 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 3 /4 cup

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

Instructions

  • 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).

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Nutrition

Serving: 3 /4 cup, Calories: 159 kcal, Carbohydrates: 27 g, Protein: 5.5 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Sodium: 12.5 mg, Fiber: 2.5 g, Sugar: 1.5 g

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109 comments on “Broccoli and Orzo”

  1. Hi. I love all of your recipes. They have all worked out beautifully. I am wondering if you could still add the weight watcher points to your recipes. It really made it simple for me to follow my points while using your recipes.

  2. FYI, when I click on the personal points button it takes me to Warm Pasta Salad with Corn and Zucchini, vs. this recipe.

  3. This is the first recipe that I’ve made that I didn’t like and won’t make again. Mushy and bland. 

  4. This was fabulous! Not sure why some comments refer to it being bland. I boiled my orzo in chicken stock (per the package directions) and I’m sure it added some flavour. Sprinkled low-fat feta cheese on top. Delish! Thanks for another great one Gina!