Broccoli and Orzo

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!

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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.

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:

  1. Trim stems off broccoli, cut into small pieces and season with salt.
  2. Steam covered with a little water until cooked, careful not to overcook. When broccoli is cooked, remove from pan and chop into smaller pieces.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in medium pot of salted water as directed for al dente.
  4. Reserve about 1/2 cup liquid before draining.
  5. Drain orzo in a colander and add the oil to the pot.
  6. Saute garlic a few minutes until golden, add broccoli, season with salt and mix well.
  7. Add orzo and stir to combine all. Add a little reserved liquid as needed so pasta isn’t dry.
  8. Serve with freshly grated cheese if desired (optional).

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 3/4 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 4
  • Points +: 4
  • Calories: 159 calories
  • Total Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 12.5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Sugar: 1.5g
  • Protein: 5.5g
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