Orzo Pasta with Basil, Zucchini and Red Pepper

by Marla on July 22, 2009 · 4 comments

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Healthy Orzo Pasta dish on Family Fresh Cooking blog

This dish is so simple to prepare. It tastes clean and summery. It works well as a side or add some protein and serve it as a main dish. Any grilled piece of protein (fish, chicken, tofu…..your choice), can be laid on top, or sliced up and tossed in. I enjoy this orzo accompanied with heaps of grilled or steamed veggies and a lean protein choice.

If you are in a time crunch with no time to grill, you can serve it with a small salad and a store bought rotisserie chicken. You can also serve it up over a bed of baby spinach tossed with some lemon juice and olive oil. Orzo is nice because it absorbs flavors so easily. It is pasta, but it seems a bit like a rice because of its shape.

This is perfect for Project Lunch Box… served up with sliced chicken sausage, broccoli, and spinach.


Orzo Pasta with Basil, Zucchini and Red Peppers

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Orzo Pasta with Basil, Zucchini and Red Peppers


  • 12 ounce package organic Whole Wheat Orzo pasta
  • 1 large handful fresh Basil, sliced small
  • 8 ounce jar of Roasted Sweet Red Bell Pepper Strips, drained and chopped
  • 2 cups cubed Zucchini
  • 6 ounces Feta Cheese, crumbled (other cheese suggestions: cubed cheddar, gorgonzola, crumbled blue cheese, smoked gouda, goat cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic Olive Oil (Trader Joes makes a great one)
  • Juice from one Lemon or 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Boil water and cook Orzo half way. Add Cubed Zucchini to pot and complete cooking of pasta. Drain all, rinse with cool water Put in bowl, gently toss with olive oil, lemon juice, red bell pepper strips and sliced basil and cheese Can be served warm or cool.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rebecca July 31, 2009 at 12:38 am

where can I buy organic wholewheat orzo? the dish looks fantastic, cant wait to make it. I have held off on orzo in the past because I have only found the white kind.


2 marlameridith July 31, 2009 at 4:05 am

The brand of whole wheat orzo I use is called “Garden Time Organic”.” I found it at either Whole Foods or Mother’s, can’t remember which as I frequent both stores. Attached is a link so you can see the packaging:
Amazon.com is selling it in bulk, a 12 pack for $29.95. This would last you quite some time :)
It is distributed by http://www.napavalleytrading.com. Good luck!


3 Carmen March 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it


4 Mirtha June 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

a must try, sounds perfect for packed lunches. thanks.


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