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Orzo Pilaf

Serves 4

I love this orzo pilaf recipe. The rice-shaped pasta makes a quick, easy and delicious Italian-inspired side dish that complements a variety of main dishes. If desired, add herbs or spices, especially to match the seasonings in the entree. For a similar dish made with rice, see the Brown Basmati Rice Pilaf in the similar and related recipes.


Heat the butter or oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and peppers and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the orzo and cook, stirring often, until golden. Add the garlic and cook one more minute. Add salt, pepper and then the water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until all of the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. When done, stir in the Parmesan cheese and taste for seasoning. Serve immediately.