Minted Orzo Pilaf

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 30m

8 servings, about 3/4 cup each

Orzo is a small, rice-shaped pasta, made bright and savory here with fresh mint and chicken broth.


  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cups orzo
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint


Bring the broth to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large deep skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the orzo and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add 1 cup simmering broth to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly with a long-handled spoon, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 1 minute.

Adjust the heat as necessary to maintain a simmer. Continue cooking and stirring, adding broth 1 cup at a time, until the orzo is tender but still firm, 15 to 20 minutes total. Season with pepper, stir in the mint and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7713

nutrition information per serving

199 calories; 3g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 4mg cholesterol; 109mg sodium; 35g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 9g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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