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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
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
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.
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 3 /4 cup
- 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
- 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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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