Seasoned Orzo and Black Beans Recipe -
Seasoned Orzo and Black Beans Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Seasoned Orzo and Black Beans

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"Simple dish, easily and quickly prepared, that can be served on its own for a complete meal. Orzo pasta resembles a short grain white rice, but takes less time to cook."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    25 mins


  1. In a 4 quart saucepan, combine water and pasta. Cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a full boil, 4 to 6 minutes. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in frozen vegetables, cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Cook until vegetables are tender crisp, 2 to 4 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain.
  3. Stir in beans, butter or margarine, tarragon, and thyme. Continue cooking until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 22, 2002

This is one of my favorite dishes. I have found that bow-tie pasta works as a good substitute for the orzo as it holds the ingredients together better and makes the dish a little more substantial as a main dish rather than a side.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 10, 2007

I did not care for this dish at all despite being a fan of black beans, orzo and veggies. The seasoning was off - no depth of flavour and the dish was dry and lifeless. Not a favorite for sure.


19 Ratings

Jan 13, 2003

This was great! I altered it slightly: I added a small can of mushrooms (drained). Since I didn't a bag of frozen mixed veggies, I used a small bag of frozen peas. I didn't have tarragon, so I added some basil, onion salt and pepper. Very satisfying.

Aug 12, 2007

I really didn't like this. It may have been better with fresh vegetables, but I won't be trying it again to find out. The flavors were quite bland.

Jan 10, 2006

To me this was sort of bland, but the rest of the family thought it was good. We had it as a main course, but it is certainly more of a side dish. Also, I think I just have an aversion to frozen vegetables. Perhaps I would have liked it better if I had used fresh.

Sep 11, 2002

I really enjoyed this dish, especially because it is very healthy and very easy. (I reduced the butter to 1 TBS to lower the fat content. I also didn't cook the orzo for as long because I was afraid it would get too mushy.) Evidently the previous reviewer forgot to DRAIN the orzo and vegetables before adding the other ingredients, and that's why it didn't turn out good. My 2 year old daughter even liked it.

Oct 23, 2008

I agree, this was a little bland. I added some chili garlic paste and Parmesan and it was delicious.

Oct 03, 2007

I liked this recipe, but it was not one of my favorites. As a whole this was a little dry. I also did not used the seasonings that this called for, I used cajun seasoning and a little cumin. I might make this again and try it with just the orzo, beans and maybe some corn. Thanks for the ideas.


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  • Calories
  • 295 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.3 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 8 g
  • 32%
  • Protein
  • 11.5 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 294 mg
  • 12%

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

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