Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pasta shaped like grains of rice, frequently used in soups.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a form of pasta the size and shape of grains of rice or barley; often used in soups

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Pasta shaped like pearls of barley; frequently prepared with lamb in Greek cuisine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pasta shaped like pearls of barley; frequently prepared with lamb in Greek cuisine

Etymologies

Italian, barley, orzo, from Latin hordeum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian orzo. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Making a risotto with orzo is so easy that I definitely will do it again in the future.

    It is only Tuesday… at

  • After this, stir the mixture and taste — check that the orzo is cooked through and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

    Orzo Paella : The Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz

  • I've always called the category "pilaf," but apparently that's technically incorrect, as tanaise informs me that a pilaf has to contain orzo or other pasta?

    going once, going twice, mercy god, jesus christ

  • Remove the cooked orzo from the heat and add 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, three tablespoons of grated or shredded lemon zest, and 1 1/2 cups of feta cheese, mashed with a fork (and now: magic sauce).

    Dining with Dionysus

  • And then I walked home with my newly-bought groceries and made the "I couldn't eat this before New Year's Eve" salad — chopped artichoke hearts, olives, sundried tomatoes, and baby spinach in orzo with feta cheese mixed in.

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  • The cream of tomato with chicken and orzo is killer, chicken pot pie soup rocks, and they will stuff your burrito (whole wheat, even) to your gut’s content with guacamole, rice, chicken or steak, pico de gallo, vegetables, etc.

    PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Mike” | Midtown Lunch - Finding Lunch in the Food Wasteland of NYC's Midtown Manhattan

  • You can choose any tiny pasta shape, but I particularly like orzo, which is a pasta that looks like grains of rice.

    Superfoods for Babies and Children

  • After checking out the pasta section in the supermarket, I opted for orzo, which is a tiny pasta that looks like rice.

    Local News from Tuscaloosa News

  • Optional: 1 cup cooked pasta, such as orzo, mezzi tubetti, conchiglie or orecciette

    Emaxhealth

  • Several of his innovations include veloute of soup with cuttlefish ink and hazelnut foam; orzo with crayfish; sampagion , or savory sabayon sauce with roe fish from the western Greek town of Mesolongi; and red snapper with black truffle and aubergine mousse and white grouper with wild greens fri ç asse.

    Not Your Typical Greek Salad

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