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!

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

4
4
4
SP
159
Calories
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: Italian
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

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).

Nutrition

Serving: 3/4 cup, Calories: 159kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 5.5g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 12.5mg, Fiber: 2.5g, Sugar: 1.5g
Blue Smart Points: 4
Green Smart Points: 4
Purple Smart Points: 4
Points +: 4
Keywords: Broccoli and Orzo, Broccoli and Orzo Recipe, Broccoli and Pasta, Easy Broccoli and Pasta