Broccoli and Orzo is an easy, kid-friendly side dish which combines orzo – a rice shaped pasta with fresh broccoli, garlic and oil.
Yield: 4 servings
4.23 from 9 votes

Broccoli and Orzo

Total Time: 15 mins
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.


  • 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).


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