Orzo with Zucchini and Tomato

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Orzo with Zucchini and Tomato is the best orzo side dish!! So versatile, that goes great with shrimp, chicken, pork chops, or double the portion and enjoy it as a main dish.

Orzo with Zucchini and Tomato is a quick and easy side dish that goes great with chicken, pork chops, or double the portion and enjoy it as a main dish.
Orzo with Zucchini and Tomato

This healthy orzo recipe would make the perfect side for any protein. You could serve it with chicken, steak, or salmon. It would also be great with grilled chicken or shrimp if you did want to add in some protein to make it a complete meal. Some other easy orzo recipes are Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo and Broccoli and Orzo.

Orzo with Zucchini and Tomato is a quick and easy side dish that goes great with chicken, pork chops, or double the portion and enjoy it as a main dish.

I whipped up this quick orzo side dish the other night to serve with my air fryer chicken tenders for a really quick and easy meal. I showed the dish on my Instagram Stories and got so many requests for the recipe, so here it is.

This is such an easy side dish, the longest step is cooking the pasta. But once the orzo is done, the rest of the dish comes together in under 10 minutes.

Variations:

  • Swap orzo for another small pasta like ditalini or pearl couscous.
  • Substitute zucchini for yellow squash or add in other vegetables if you prefer.
  • Add in chicken or shrimp for protein to make this orzo side dish a complete meal.

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Orzo with Zucchini and Tomato is a quick and easy side dish that goes great with chicken, pork chops, or double the portion and enjoy it as a main dish.
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Orzo with Zucchini and Tomato

144 Cals 5.5 Protein 17.5 Carbs 5.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Side Dish
CUISINE: Italian
Orzo with Zucchini and Tomato is a quick and easy side dish that goes great with chicken, pork chops, or double the portion and enjoy it as a main dish.

Ingredients

  • 5 oz uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1/2 large zucchini, 1/4-inch dice (5 ounces total)
  • 1 small plum or Campari tomato, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan or Pecorino

Instructions

  • Cook pasta in large 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 1 minute, until fragrant, add the zucchini and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and mix well. Cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the cooked orzo and stir to combine all. Add some of the reserved liquid as needed so pasta isn't dry.
  • Add freshly grated cheese and stir.

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Nutrition

Serving: 3/4 cup, Calories: 144kcal, Carbohydrates: 17.5g, Protein: 5.5g, Fat: 5.5g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 119mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 1.5g
WW Points Plus: 4
Keywords: easy side dish, Kid Friendly, orzo and zucchini

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62 comments

  1. This was so great and easy! I did sauté some onion first before I added the garlic. I threw in some of my favorite zesty Italian spice. I also added feta at the end and it made a nice creamy sauce! Topped with Parmesan. 

  2. My husband and I loved this recipe. I added some lemon juice and sautéed shrimp, it was delicious!

  3. This is awesome. I added lemon juice after I read some reviews and no regrets! So delicious and a great way to use up some zucchini. I added some salmon as well and I can’t wait to use this recipe again! Very flexible and yummy.

  4. Love this salad.  I added some cooked shrimp and lemon juice which added extra flavor to ingredients.

  5. This was a perfect accompaniment to GIna’s Basil Parmesan Salmon. We added some red pepper flakes and sauteed onion as well.

  6. I used my last zucchini from my garden and doubled he recipe to make for lunches last week with some grilled chicken. 
    Very tasty and filling!

  7. So good and so easy to make! My 4 year old even loved every bite.

  8. Fun to make and really colorful, too! I added some frozen corn and threw in some pre-cooked frozen shrimp at the end. Totally yummy and leftovers I look forward to eating. Thank YOU!

  9. Should this be served warm or cold?

  10. So easy, addicting and delicious. 

  11. Super easy and quick. Loved the mild flavor. I had it with a cod fillet, perfect combination.

    • Thats my plan for today (father’s day). Marinating the teriyaki cod fillets now and and this orzo dish will be ready in no time. Going to add some squash. Im hungry for it now. Sounds delicious. 

  12. Well isn’t this the best pasta salad I’ve ever eaten!? Simple ingredients. Easy to make. Ultra tasty! I made this as written, with the exception of adding my tomato raw instead of sautéing it (I prefer the bright freshness). This will go into weekly rotation for sure. Thank you yet again for another winning recipe 🙏🏻❤️