Colorful Garlic Orzo Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Colorful Garlic Orzo Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Colorful Garlic Orzo

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"This dish is fast, easy, colorful, healthy, and delicious! Don't skip the chicken broth; it adds essential flavor to the dish. I like mine extra garlicky and go for the full 6 cloves, but it's plenty flavorful with less. You can use just about any veggies or meat in this recipe and it will still be great. I use all frozen veggies so I only need to shop for tomatoes, and even those I could use canned if I feel lazy, making this a true from-the-pantry meal with no shopping required."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins
  • READY IN

    40 mins

Directions

  1. Bring chicken broth to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling broth, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat; do not drain.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir turkey in the hot skillet until crumbly and evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Stir garlic and red pepper flakes into turkey; cook for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium. Add spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, peas, carrots, orzo, and broth to the turkey mixture and cook, stirring often, until spinach is wilted and tomatoes begin to split, 5 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • I usually use a heaping 1/2 teaspoon of the red pepper flakes. This dish is very light but the garlic and red pepper flakes give it tons of flavor!
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 19, 2013

love this recipe! easy to substitute vegetables or pasta for your taste! I reduced ground meat to 1 pd and added 1 pd mushrooms which gave a more earthy flavor, reduced sodium by using 2 cups broth and 1 1/2 cup water, same great flavor!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 14, 2013

I tried this recipe as written. Even though I use quality turkey, the end result was a "bleh" taste with a unpalatable texture. I think this recipe would do better without meat or perhaps leftover chicken, rather than ground. I'm going to keep this recipe and give it a tweak with zucchini and some onion added for a meatless version.

 

8 Ratings

Mar 26, 2013

Used all veggies as recipe called but unfortunately cut the garlic in half. Found it better with added garlic salt. Will learn next time to keep garlic as indicated or even more. Didn't have cherry tomatoes so used 2 whole tomatoes cut up. Also added 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro, white pepper, & a bit of italian seasoning. Made a huge skillet full so looking forward to leftovers.

 
Jun 24, 2015

Everyone loved it. I used fresh shredded carrots & broccoli. The table added soy sauce and hit-sweet sauce making it Oriental!

 
Aug 06, 2014

Loved it!! I used homemade shredded rotisserie chicken.. It was lovely ... Maybe could have cooked the orzo less - but that is a personal preference to how I like my pasta. Yum!

 
Jul 21, 2014

Easy to make, I even added a bit of Feta Cheese!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 484 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 62.9 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 87 mg
  • 29%
  • Fat
  • 10.5 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 7.4 g
  • 30%
  • Protein
  • 37.3 g
  • 75%
  • Sodium
  • 782 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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