Meaning "Barley" in Italian, Orzo is a small Italian pasta the size and shape of an unprocessed grain of barley.
Traditionally used in soups or chilled salads, orzo can also be used in pilaf-like dishes, as a stuffing for baked peppers or baked tomatoes. or to recreate a creamy risotto-like dish.
The simplest way to prepare orzo is to boil it in a pot of salted water and drain it as you would any otherpasta. It cooks to al dente in about 8 to 10 minutes. 1 cup raw orzo (about 6 oz) will give you about 2 cups cooked.
If you want a slightly creamier result, orzo can be cooked as you would rice. Boil 1/2 cups water for each cup orzo. Add 1/4 tsp salt, then the orzo and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente and most of the water is absorbed, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let stand an additional 2 minutes.
If you're planning to use it in a soup, make sure to add it towards the end of simmering so that it doesn't get overcooked.
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