Vegetable Orzo Recipe -
Vegetable Orzo Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Vegetable Orzo

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"This is a great, fresh summer side dish with sauteed zucchini, garlic, carrots, balsamic vinegar, and the bright taste of fresh lemon juice. It goes great with any meal."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add orzo, and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, warm olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, garlic, and carrot, and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in zucchini, and cook for 2 minutes more. Pour in 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and deglaze pan. Reduce heat to medium low, and season with salt and pepper. Add orzo to skillet, then stir in remaining 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and lemon juice.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 10, 2007

I actually made this as a main dish for my daughter. I added in some basil and oregano and only used the juice of half a very large lemon. I also sprinkled some parm over it just before serving. My daughter liked this and said she would definitely eat it again but did say she would like a little less lemon juice next time. Thanks.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 21, 2006

The cooking of the veggies took away their fresh flavor. I believe this would have tasted best wiith raw veggies with the vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings used as a dressing.

Jun 26, 2006

This recipe has it all. Great taste, low fat, easy to prepare, ingredients most cooks would have on hand, and colorful in appearance. You could easily substitute other vegetables. Thanks for a great recipe!

Feb 05, 2007

We thought this was very good. Added some needed seasonings and sprinkled with a bit of parm. Thanks!

Sep 14, 2005

Excellent! My family loved it. I added a pinch of sugar to mild the taste a bit. It was also good as leftovers.

Feb 14, 2008

8/15/07 *original review*Wow, so good! I didn't have any orzo, so I substituted acini de pepe which I had left over from making italian wedding soup. Everything blends together so well; this is a refreshing side dish. Thanks AMULHERN. *EDIT* I made this again using orzo, and also added a bit more garlic. I love this dish, and found the leftovers are just delightful too!

Mar 02, 2006

Yummy! I didn't have any balsamic vinegar so I added a a balsamic vinegarette dressing and it came out pretty good still.

Nov 01, 2006

This recipe was OK, but nothing special. I cut the oil in half---glad I did or it would have been too greasy. I threw away my left overs.


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  • Calories
  • 295 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48.6 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 8.2 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 5 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 8.5 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 31 mg
  • 1%

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

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