Definition of orzo in English:



  • A variety of pasta shaped like grains of barley or rice.

    ‘R. liked the sound of shrimp salad and orzo from Central Market for supper so we stopped on the way home.’
    • ‘My favorite side so far is corn orzo, a simple warm salad of rice-shaped pasta, edamame and corn.’
    • ‘Make the orzo as recommended by the directions on the box or bag.’
    • ‘But a base of sodden orzo pasta and a sweet blood-orange/habanero mojo sauce do not add to the festivities.’
    • ‘Cook orzo according to package directions; purée it with a little plain yogurt and a dash of salt in a blender or food processor to make a sauce.’
    • ‘Briazz mixes romaine lettuce, chicken, and orzo with artichoke hearts, raisins, almonds, and Parmesan cheese.’
    • ‘The very mild curry is sweet with the home-canned peaches, while the chicken is tender and plentiful, and the bed of orzo pasta is a fresh change of pace.’
    • ‘Cover and cook, stirring, for 20 minutes, until orzo is tender.’
    • ‘Finally, for the main course there was a choice between a sushi plate, duck leg, poached salmon with a mirin and ginger reduction, and orzo pasta with three cheeses.’
    • ‘Tiny, rice-shaped orzo absorbs liquid and flavor much like rice, but it doesn't need to be stirred obsessively for a perfectly al dente, creamy result.’
    • ‘This year, my hunch is that another great salad will be making its way around backyards and beaches in the West: It's the orzo with green beans, corn, and tomatoes on page 90.’
    • ‘The whole of the Greek Feast I was preparing was vegetarian, with the exception of Yuvetsi, a lamb casserole with orzo (tiny rice-shaped pasta).’
    • ‘The house pork chop (served with a pile of orzo laced with tomatoes and calamata olives) is tender without being fatty, and grilled to a charred, faintly smoky sweetness.’
    • ‘Since it was short notice I decided to do a little deli hopping (moustache girl wasn't working) and get some good chicken and a little fresh orzo salad with feta and sundried tomatoes.’
    • ‘It's an exquisite dish, as is the chicken, pancetta-wrapped and juicy, a side of basil-and-olive-flecked orzo complementing the herby goat-cheese filling.’
    • ‘Bream is not packed with flavour, so it works well with plenty of others. On this occasion, some clever citrus orzo and a prawn tortellini combined with a bisque emulsion to deliver plenty of flavour.’
    • ‘An old friend of R.'s came for a late lunch and although Central Market helped out with the black bean and orzo vegetable salads, I made hot German potato salad and sautéed Portobello mushrooms in olive oil.’
    • ‘The orzo pasta it rested on was dressed in a simple, clinging sauce of spicy andouille sausage and bits of green and red bell peppers, the heartiness of which only served to emphasize the lightness of the fish - truly amazing.’
    • ‘Check out the crostini of seafood for €7.95 ‘an inspired dish’ or the moreish mussel ragout with orzo, oven roast tomatoes and a basil cream for €7.95.’
    • ‘Shortly before guests arrive: Make fennel-orange salad; soak saffron for orzo; heat oven to 450 [degrees]; set out purchased appetizers.’



/ˈôrzō/ /ˈɔrzoʊ/


Italian, literally ‘barley’.