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Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe

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Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe is a hearty vegetarian recipe mixing orzo, chickpeas, fire roasted tomatoes, warm spices, fresh herbs, lemon juice and feta cheese. This makes a nice main meal or works as a side dish!

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe in a pan.

MEDITERRANEAN ORZO PASTA RECIPE 

My love for orzo runs deep. 

Some of my most popular recipes include orzo. This Summer Orzo Pasta Salad, Greek Orzo Pasta Salad, Tomato Feta Orzo Salad and this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup.

I love how well it works in soups, salads and even main dishes. 

Today’s Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe is one you are going to love.

I am teaming up with Heinen’s to share this delicious recipe.

You might remember another recipe for this Mediterranean Chickpea Skillet that I shared in partnership with them.

Today’s recipe reminds me of that recipe but adds in one of my favorite ingredients, orzo! 

This dish is filled with orzo, chickpeas, fire roasted tomatoes, warm spices, and finished off with fresh herbs, feta cheese and lemon juice. 

This is not only healthy but a filling meal or side dish. 

I personally love making this vegetarian with the chickpeas but you can also add meat like these Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs, Black Sea Bass, Air Fryer Cod or Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin.

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS MEDITERRANEAN ORZO PASTA RECIPE?

  • VEGETABLES: This recipe uses bell pepper, zucchini and onion. The nice thing with this orzo dish is you can add in a variety of other vegetables like carrots, celery and green beans. 
  • SPICES: One of my favorite parts of this dish is the spices. It mixes smoked paprika, coriander, oregano and crushed red pepper. 
  • TOMATO PASTE
  • FIRE ROASTED TOMATOES: I love using fire roasted tomatoes in this dish because it adds a smoky flavor. You can also use regular diced tomatoes if you don’t have smoked diced tomatoes. 
  • CHICKPEAS: Chickpeas are my favorite in this skillet  but you can also use black beans, white beans or kidney beans. 
  • VEGETABLE BROTH
  • KALE: Greens are a healthy addition to this orzo dish. I used kale but feel free to use any green like swiss chard or spinach.
  • ORZO
  • FRESH HERBS: The fresh herbs add a brightness. I used parsley, dill and basil but you can also add fresh oregano, thyme or mint. 
  • LEMON 
  • FETA CHEESE

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe in a bowl.

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS ORZO PASTA RECIPE?

SAUTE: Sauté the vegetables and spices to help the flavors bloom.

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe sautéed vegetables.

SIMMER: Add fire roasted tomatoes, chickpeas, vegetable broth and orzo and stir well.

Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer with the lid on for 8-10 minutes or until orzo is soft.

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe simmering orzo.

ADD KALE AND GARNISHES: Add the kale in and stir and let simmer for 1-2 minutes until kale is wilted. 

Stir in the fresh herbs and lemon juice. Sprinkle with feta cheese.

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe vegetables and chickpeas simmering.

HOW CAN I MODIFY THIS MEDITERRANEAN ORZO PASTA RECIPE?

BEANS: There are a variety of beans that work great. Try white beans, kidney beans or black beans. 

CHEESE: Other cheese options for this dish are Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese or goat cheese. 

VEGETABLES: You can add any vegetables you have. Some I like are carrot, celery, green beans, broccoli or red onion. 

SPICES: I think that any warm spices work nicely in this. You can add a touch of cinnamon, turmeric or cumin which all work well together. 

GREENS: If you don’t use kale there are other greens that work nicely. Try spinach or swiss chard. 

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe with a spoon.

WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH THIS ORZO RECIPE?

SALAD: Salads are always a great pairing with chicken. I really like this Mediterranean Bean Salad, Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts, Summer Orzo Pasta Salad or this Easy Lebanese Salad.

SIDE DISHES: If you like to pair vegetable side dishes with chicken you should try these Lebanese Green Beans, Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower or these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables 

POTATOES: Another great addition to this meal is potatoes. I often make Gouda Smashed Potatoes, Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato, Spicy Lebanese Potatoes or Lemon Cilantro Roasted Potatoes. Another great thing to serve this chicken over is Creamy Polenta

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe in a skillet.

OTHER ORZO RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

9 Must Make Orzo Pasta Salads 

One Pot Creamy Tomato Herb Orzo 

16 Must Make Orzo Recipes 

4 Ingredient Cheesy Orzo Recipe 

Tomato Spinach Orzo Soup

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe with logo.

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe in a bowl.

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Recipe is a hearty vegetarian recipe mixing orzo, chickpeas, fire roasted tomatoes, warm spices, fresh herbs, lemon juice and feta cheese. This makes a nice main meal or works as a side dish!

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeds removed, diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, seeds removed, diced
  • 2 teaspoons Heinen's oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Heinen's crushed red pepper flakes {optional}
  • 2 teaspoons Heinen's smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Heinen's coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of Heinen's fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of Heinen's chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups Heinen's vegetable broth
  • 1 cup orzo {try whole wheat for a healthier option}
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 8-10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 lemon, 1/2 sliced and 1/2 juiced
  • 1/2 cup of feta cheese, crumbled
  • Pita or Naan bread for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add the garlic and onion and saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the zucchini, bell peppers, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, coriander, salt and pepper.
  3. Continue to saute for another 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato paste and saute another 2 minutes.
  5. Add the fire roasted tomatoes, chickpeas, vegetable broth and orzo and stir well. Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer with the lid on for 8-10 minutes or until orzo is soft {make sure to stir often throughout cooking to make sure the orzo isn't sticking to the bottom of the skillet}.
  6. Add the kale in and stir and let simmer for 1-2 minutes until kale is wilted.
  7. Stir in the fresh herbs and lemon juice.
  8. Sprinkle with feta cheese and serve with lemon slices along with pita bread or naan.

Notes

Make sure that you stir the orzo throughout cooking so the orzo doens't stick to the bottom of the skillet.

Adding in any vegetables you have on hand works nicely in this dish. Some I like to add are carrots, celery, or red onion.

Goat cheese is another nice option in place of feta cheese.

Try adding protein like grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp or steak.

 Today’s post is sponsored by Heinen’s. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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