Toasted Orzo Pasta (Recipe)

May 11, 2022

Toasted Orzo Pasta (Recipe)


✅ 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil (I use Kasandrinos)

✅ 1 ½ cups orzo pasta

✅ Kosher salt

✅ 5 cloves garlic (minced)

✅ red pepper flakes (optional)

✅ ½ lemon (juice of)
✅ 1 cup parsley (chopped, packed)

✅ ½ cup dill (chopped)

✅ ⅓ cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil (chopped)

✅ black pepper

✅ ½ to ¾ cup grated parmesan (more to your liking)


1️⃣ In a large saucepan, eat 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over medium-high. Add the orzo and cook, tossing around, until toasted to a beautiful golden brown.

2️⃣ Add at least 7 cups of boiling water to the saucepan and season well with kosher salt. Cook the pasta in boiling water to al dante according to the package instructions (about 7 to 8 minutes).

3️⃣ Just before the pasta is fully cooked (about 5 minutes), take a cup of the starchy pasta water and save it aside for now.

4️⃣ In a large pan, add 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and season with a pinch of kosher salt and red pepper flakes, if using. Cook, tossing regularly, until just fragrant. Add the lemon juice and ½ cup of the pasta cooking water. Raise the heat if needed to bring to a boil. Add the parsley and dill.

5️⃣ When the pasta is ready, drain and add it to the pan and toss to combine. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and a bit of the grated parmesan. Toss to combine. If needed, add a little more of the pasta cooking water. Finish with more Parmesan and red pepper flakes, if you like


Servings : 4
Ready in : 10 Minutes
Course : Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Recipe Type : Italian, Mediterranean

Calories: 280kcal

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