The name Orzo is the Italian name for barley. Barley has a disc-like shape when in its natural form, hence the name Orzo. In some regions, orzo is commonly called rizoni. Moreover, Orzo falls in a class of pastas called pastinas due its small rice looking shape.
Orzo Pasta and Protein
Orzo is a riced shaped pasta that is sometimes made from semolina flour. In addition, This type of flour is said to be higher in protein compared to white flour.
The high protein content contributes to the rigid structure that maintains its physical structure better during cooking and does not become a soft, clumpy, or mushy product.
What Dishes Can You Make With Orzo?
Cheesy Orzo Cranberry Carrot
Orzo Pasta Salad
Orzo Nutrition Content
The Pasta LaBella Orzo is made by an American company called AIPC (American Italian Pasta Company) The nutrition facts indicate that 1/3 cup Pasta LaBella Orzo provides: 200 cal 7 grams protein and 41 g Carbohydrates.
Their Orzo product used in this recipe is enriched with B vitamins such as: thiamin (35% (DA) Percent Daily Value), folate, niacin, riboflavin, and also provides you with 10% DV of iron.
Below is the comparison of nutrition facts between orzo, white rice, and brown rice. The nutrition content across different brands will vary.
Nutrition Comparison of Orzo Pasta vs. Rice.
Pasta laBelle Orzo
(1/3 cup dry)
- 200 calories
- 7 grams Protein
- 41 g Carbohydrate
- 2 g Fiber
Source: Pasta LaBelle Orzo
Long Grain White Rice
(1/3 cup cooked)
- 68 calories
- 1.4 gram Protein
- 15 g Carbohydrate
- 1 g Fiber
Long Grain Brown Rice
(1/3 cup cooked)
- 82 calories
- 1.8 grams Protein
- 17 g Carbohydrate
- 2 g Fiber
This Cheesy Orzo Cranberry Carrot dish is inspired by my Home Made Carrot Raisin Brown Rice Recipe. My Cheesy Orzo recipe is simple, but is a very delicious side dish. It’s a complete meal and can be eaten as is or added as part of your Meatless Monday meal plan.
Cheesy Cranberry Carrot Orzo Pasta
Cheesy Carrot Cranberry Orzo Pasta.
- Wooden Spoon
- Cutting Board
- Measuring Utensils
- 2.5 cups Orzo Pasta 1 box Pasta Labella Orzo
- 2 cups Vegetable Stock
- 1/2 cup Four Cheese Blend
- 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
- 1/3 cup Canola or Olive Oil
- 2 cups Shredded Carrots
- 1/2 cup Diced Onions
- 2 tbsp. Chopped Garlic
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Black Pepper
- Use the grater to shred carrots.
- In a deep saucepan, pour the olive oil and allow to heat for 1 minute.
- To the heated oil, add the onion, garlic, black pepper, and stir. Allow to sweat for 2 minutes.
- Add the shredded carrots and dried cranberry to onion mixture and stir; allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the dried orzo and stir into mixture.
- Pour in the vegetable stock and allow to bring to boil and allow to cook for 5 minutes or until the liquid evaporated.
- At halfway during the cooking process, Add the cheeses and mix well.
- Turn off flame and serve hot in a bowl.
Cheesy Carrot Cranberry Orzo Pasta
The sweetness of the carrot and the sweet-tartness of the cranberries combined with the nuttiness of the orzo creates a balance of texture and flavors.