Posted by: Catherine | February 5, 2009

Orzo with Pine Nuts and Basil

orzo“Is this rice?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question when I serve this really, really delicious pasta accompaniment to grilled meats or fish. I especially love it with sauteed cherry tomatoes, and I suppose you could just add them into the orzo mix, too.  A friend of mine from New York days gave me the recipe, which she said was absolutely foolproof (it is), quick (it is) and always a big hit (it is). Please send good orzo recipes—mean-old-me gets such a kick out of  the “is-this-rice” question.




(serves 4)


2 cups orzo

1 1/3  cups pine nuts, toasted

4 T good olive oil, more to taste

1 1/3  cup fresh basil, chopped

Salt and pepper


Cook the orzo according to package instructions, drain and add the rest of the ingredients.


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