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Cooking With Orzo

Updated: 6 days ago

Orzo another grain option for breakfast you didn't know you needed....

good thyme gal blog Cooking With Orzo

Now if you have been following along on my blog then you know I am all about finding food alternatives/options. Rice is a wonderful grain, but sometimes I like to spice it up. One of my favorite alternatives is Couscous. This particular grain cooks faster than rice and can be paired with savory or sweet dishes.

I came across Orzo last week in the grocery store. I was very curious. It has the same properties as rice, yet it is underused and no one, not even the stocker knew what it was used for. I purchased it anyway and did some research. I found out that Orzo, contrary to popular belief, is an Italian grain, the name itself translates to Barley. It is also known as Risoni. It can be classified as a pasta.

Orzo can be served alone, with soup, or as a breakfast dish.

Kids especially love this grain.

Once I was done doing my research I decided to cook a few dishes to test it out, and WOW! My family was pleasantly surprised with the flavor. Now Orzo is in the rotation.

Here is the recipe(s) I used. There are two one is for breakfast and the othe can be used as a light lunch or dinner. Enjoy! Happy Eating

Orzo & Spinach Hash

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  • 2 Tablespoon Butter

  • 4 cups of Precooked Toasted Orzo

  • 6 cups Baby Spinach

  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Pepper

Cooking Instructions

  1. Heat 1 Tablespoon Butter in a large skillet over medium-high-heat

  2. Add Precooked toasted Orzo and Spinach

  3. Add salt and pepper

  4. Cook until Orxo is reheated and spinach leaves are wilted (4-5 minutes)

  5. Remove from Skillet: Keep warm

  6. Add 1 Tablespoon of butter to same skillet over medium heat

  7. Fry 4 large eggs in skillet to your liking.

  8. Serve eggs onto of Orzo and Spinach

Serves 4

Orzo Salad

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  • 1 lb. Orzo, cooked

  • 1/2 red onion, chopped

  • 1 can kalamata olives

  • 1 bunch of spinach, chopped

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes

  • 1 carrots, chopped

  • 1 pkg of Feta, crumbled


Orzo salad dressing recipe virtual shopping list

  • 1/4 Cup virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar

  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 garlic clove, mashed

  • 1 Tablespoon Parmesan Cheese, grated

Cooking With Orzo Cooking instructions

Combine cooked orzo, onions, olives, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, and crumbled feta in a large salad bowl.

Make the dressing.

Pour over combined ingredients; toss and refrigerate.


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