Cilantro Orzo and Beef Recipe -
Cilantro Orzo and Beef   Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Cilantro Orzo and Beef

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"Tiny pasta shaped like grains of rice, orzo is often sold under the name rosamarina. This mini-pasta is ideal for soups and to use in casseroles or one-dish skillet meals."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Mix broth, pasta, corn and chilies in 2-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes or until pasta is just tender; remove from heat. Let stand about 5 minutes or until almost all liquid is absorbed.
  2. While pasta mixture is cooking, spray 10-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add oil; heat over medium-high heat. Cook beef and bell pepper in oil about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown.
  3. Stir beef mixture into pasta mixture. Stir in cilantro.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 15, 2012

Everyone in my family liked this which usually doesn't happen. I have also make it with chicken broth and chicken breasts.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 24, 2006

This was very easy to make and turned out to be quite flavorful. My boyfriend and I had never had orzo and we both enjoyed it. My boyfriend said that this meal was the most flavorful meal that I have made thus far. (I have only made him about 10 meals so far though!) He did suggest that I flavor the meat next time with garlic. Overall, easy to make and a nice change of pace.


10 Ratings

Oct 01, 2002

I liked this recipe. It was very "different". I bought cream-style corn by accident and think this made it even better, because it made the mixure a little creamier. I gave a low "kid rating" because of the cilantro. I don't think you could successfully eliminate the cilantro because it would be too bland.

May 22, 2007

I used a premixed rissoto which had sundried tomato spices instead of the orzo. I left out the corn and added spinach in w/ the cilantro. I had left over steak that I just cut into tiny pieces. I also added the leftover stuff that we had leftover from the fajitas we ordered the other night at a Mexican restaurant. This is a good recipe to get rid of all of your leftovers and everyone really enjoyed it! Thanks for the recipe.

Mar 23, 2007

I've discovered I'm not fond of Cilantro :-)

Mar 11, 2003

The pasta amount is too much for the beef. I will reduce the orzo by 1/2, it really plumps up. I beleive I will also double the beef amount. I added about 1/2 cup chopped onion to the beef mixture. I added 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, and kidney beans to the pasta mixture. Next time I believe I will add 1/2 cup of salsa to the meat mixture just before serving. Rice can easily be substituted.

Oct 01, 2002

This was a pretty mediocre dish. It was kind of like a bland fajita running into a box of rice-a-roni. My husband didn't like it at all - the cilantro frightened him. I kept some and ate it for lunch the next was better, but still not incredibly impressive.


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  • Calories
  • 346 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 53.4 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 7.9 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 3.4 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 17.2 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 783 mg
  • 31%

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

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