Orzo Pasta Pilaf

Orzo Pasta Pilaf

Orzo pasta is a nice substitute for rice. It looks like rice and can be made like a pilaf, yet it has its own distinct texture and flavor.

10 min.prep time 15 min.total time
6 servings
000 Ratings


1 cup uncooked orzo (rosamarina) pasta
2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary*
1/4 cup pine nuts or slivered almonds
1/4 cup golden raisins and dried cherry mixture**
1/4 teaspoon salt


Prepare orzo as directed on package. Drain. Keep warm.

Meanwhile, melt butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add onion and rosemary. Cook over medium-high heat until onion is softened (3 to 4 minutes). Stir in pine nuts, dried raisin and cherry mixture and salt. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until pine nuts are golden brown (2 to 3 minutes).

Stir cooked onion mixture into hot orzo. Serve immediately.

*Substitute 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed.

**Substitute 2 tablespoons golden raisins and 2 tablespoons dried cherries.

Recipe Tip

- You can find pre-packaged dried fruit mixtures by the dried fruit in the baking section of your supermarket.

- To prepare this dish ahead, cook the orzo pasta as directed. Drain well; toss with 1/2 teaspoon oil. Spoon into resealable plastic food storage bag and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Just before serving, cook butter, onion, rosemary, nuts, dried raisin and cherry mixture and salt. Meanwhile, warm the orzo in the microwave or in a saucepan; stir in onion mixture.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 190

Fat: 7g

Cholesterol: 10mg

Sodium: 130mg

Carbohydrates: 28g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 5g

Recipe #12894©2005Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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