Greek Orzo – Julia’s Album

Greek Orzo with Tomatoes, Feta, Olives, and Recent Basil is a scrumptious meatless meal that an entire household will love! This fast and straightforward aspect dish pairs properly with any essential course, and it comes collectively in below half-hour, utilizing just one pan. Do that Mediterranean recipe, and it would change into one among your new favorites.

Greek Orzo with Tomatoes, Feta, and Olives - in a cast iron skillet.

Excellent aspect dish – Greek orzo with tomatoes and feta

I like making aspect dishes that go along with something! This Greek orzo will make a scrumptious pairing along with your favourite proteins, comparable to grilled, baked, or pan-seared meats (rooster, pork, lamb, steak) or seafood (salmon, shrimp, scallops). Pair it with cilantro-lime honey salmon, garlic butter shrimp, or cajun rooster.  You too can serve Greek orzo by itself – it makes a improbable meatless essential course. Every part is cooked in a single pan in below half-hour – an ideal weeknight selection for busy folks and households. This simple Mediterranean-style aspect dish additionally makes a good looking presentation, and you may make it for particular events when you have got firm over or visitors.

Greek Orzo with Tomatoes, Feta, and Olives - in a white bowl.

The right way to make Greek orzo (fast overview)

  • The right way to cook dinner the orzo. First, you’ll cook dinner orzo along with rooster inventory (or vegetable inventory, or water). Normally, the orzo is cooked in 1:2 proportion, for instance, 1 cup of orzo in 2 cups of water, or 1.5 cups of orzo in 3 cups of water. Cook dinner in accordance with bundle directions, which often means 10 minutes. You might need so as to add a small quantity of liquid (if the orzo is just too dry) and test in your orzo 5 minutes into the cooking, to verify it does not follow the underside of the skillet.
  • What sort of pan to make use of? As a result of orzo is so small, you possibly can cook dinner it just about in any sort of cooking pan. I cooked it in a big forged iron skillet, after which added the remainder of the substances into the identical skillet, making it a one-pan meal.
  • Greatest add-ins for Greek orzo. After the orzo is cooked, add sliced cherry tomatoes (I like to recommend multi-colored, pink, and yellow), sliced sun-dried tomatoes, sliced kalamata and inexperienced olives, and most of crumbled (or cubed) feta cheese.
  • Greatest seasonings for orzo. After the orzo is cooked, add freshly squeezed lime juice, and a few tablespoons of high-quality further virgin olive oil to the orzo. You too can use butter, however as a result of it is Greek orzo, I undoubtedly advocate utilizing high-quality, further virgin olive oil – this recipe is an ideal use for it!  Season with a small quantity of smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, and pink pepper flakes.
  • Reheat all the pieces on low warmth till all of the substances are heated by way of to your liking. Season with salt and pepper. When you’re able to serve, merely high Greek orzo with a small quantity of crumbled feta and chopped recent basil.
  • A be aware about salt. As a result of this recipe makes use of a number of salty substances (comparable to olives and feta cheese), season it with salt on the very finish, and do not overdo it.
Greek Orzo with Tomatoes, Feta, and Olives - in a cast iron skillet.