Orzo Pilaf

Rose Mary Mogan


To change our menu options today, instead of potatoes, I opted to make a Pilaf using Orzo.

It is a pasta shaped like rice & looks like rice, but only cooks for 8 or 9 minutes, depending on how it is being served.

Usuallly it is cooked with celery, onions, carrots, & mushrooms, & often times peas are added, I have even added cream of chicken soup to it once it is cooked.

You can add what you like or what you have on hand. Today I added peas, & chopped green onions, & instead of cream of chicken soup, I flavored it with the drippings from the baked chicken that I made to serve with it

★★★★★ 2 votes
6-8 depending on portion size
5 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


1 lb
box orzo
12 oz
frozen peas, cooked according to package directions
1 tsp
salt added to water
1/2 -1 tsp
black pepper
1 can(s)
cream of mushroom soup (undiluted) optional or pan drippings from baked chicken
1 can(s)
4 oz. sliced mushrooms(drained) optional
2-3 Tbsp
sauteed chopped green onions
2-3 Tbsp
butter or margarine if not using soup or pan drippings

How to Make Orzo Pilaf


  • 1Bring a large pot of water to boil, about 6-8 quarts, add 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • 2When water comes to a rolling boil add orzo, and cook till al dente, between 7 to 9 minutes, or to your desired doneness.
  • 3Remove from heat, rinse and drain , and return back to pot,add black pepper, and additional salt if desired, add cooked peas, 2-3 tablespoons of butter or can use pan drippings from baked chicken, or add 1 can of cream of chicken broth and drained sliced mushrooms, sauteed green onions, if using, stir to blend together and serve while hot.

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About Orzo Pilaf

Course/Dish: Vegetables, Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American