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Easy Rice and Orzo

Between sauteing and steaming, this dish has a lovely soft texture. The added seasonings only enrich it and any vegetables you add deliver crunch, brightness and extra flavor.
Course Sides
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 cup long grain rice, wash rice or use enough for 4-6 servings
  • orzo use enough for 4-6 servings
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil use enough to cover bottom of a skillet
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • fresh parsley, chopped to taste or any herb of your choice
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed or fresh corn on cob, cooked
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup frozen carrots, thawed, or fresh, steamed
  • 2 cups boiled water


  1. In a large sauce pan, heat oil over medium heat and add the orzo. Lightly brown the orzo, stirring often. Add the rice and then the water. Stir to combine until everything is well blended. Add the salt and cover and cook on low flame for 20+ minutes, stirring often.
  2. While the orzo and rice cook, prepare your veggies. If using frozen veggies, either run under warm water to thaw (place in a strainer and keep rinsing until veggies thaw and separate easily with your fingers) or steam fresh veggies and drain well..
  3. When rice and orzo is soft, gently mix in the vegetables. Adjust seasoning to taste and stir. Season with parsley and serve hot.