Lola's Ethereal Orzo Recipe -
Lola's Ethereal Orzo Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Lola's Ethereal Orzo

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"This is a great Italian style side dish. You can alter the amounts of the ingredients to your tastes. Adding blanched asparagus is an option here, too! Serve warm or cold."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Place the bouillon cubes in a medium pot filled with water, and bring to a boil. Place orzo in the pot when bouillon has dissolved, and cook 8 minutes, until al dente. Drain.
  2. Transfer orzo to a large bowl, and toss with roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, and Parmesan.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 05, 2006

This was good and my family enjoyed it. One change I would make is to use marinated artichokes rather than the water packed ones. I assumed water packed when I looked over the recipe, but I think it needs the flavor of the marinated artichokes. I'd also reserve some of the oil and possibly use more of that to add flavor.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 08, 2008

With so much going on here given the artichokes, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives and Parmesan cheese, I really expected this to be bursting with flavor, particularly since I also added garlic, olive oil, and some Tuscan seasoning when I noticed the recipe was missing seasoning of any kind. We both found this tasting too strongly of artichokes and little else.


8 Ratings

Jun 12, 2006

Pretty good recipe. I followed the advice of some of the other reviewers and used marinaded atrichike hearts ( a must, I think!) I also added lots of garlic, a little lemon juice, some EVOO, and some diced up red pepper, as well as a little blanched zuccini. It's a good basic idea, it just needed some tweeking. :)

Apr 08, 2006

bomb diggity G. I subbed the peppers for a 2oz jar of pimentos, and added 1/4 cup of oil/vinegar Italian dressing like the previous review suggested. Don't skimp on the cheese! Thanks!!

Jun 04, 2006

Pretty good, but I agree with "ChefJudy1" about using the marinated artichokes. I threw in some the the "juice" because it was a little bland although I also added onion and garlic powders. Good tho and we all enjoyed this side. Thank you!

Feb 10, 2009

I enjoyed this recipe but I would definitely make a few changes. It was a bit bland. I didn't think the boullion had enough punch to make a difference in the overall flavor.

Apr 28, 2008

Excellent. I doubled the recipe, added chopped grilled chicken, 1Tb lemon juice, 1Tb pepper, and 1Tb parsley.

Feb 19, 2008

This was extremely quick and easy to make. Like other reviewers, I added extra cheese. The kids loved it, and it was delicious as a cold left-over.


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  • Calories
  • 218 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.7 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 5.9 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 11.3 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 1090 mg
  • 44%

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

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