Sauteed Orzo with Kale

    35 min

    A wonderfully light dish, which is perfect for the summer. Serve it as a side dish for summer picnics or barbecues. Orzo is sauteed with garlic, kale, lemon juice, nutmeg and Parmesan cheese.

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    Serves: 20 

    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 400g uncooked orzo pasta
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
    • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped
    • 1 large lemon, juiced
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste
    • salt and black pepper to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly-salted water to the boil; sprinkle the turmeric over the boiling water and stir in the orzo; return to the boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the orzo has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain. Scrape into a mixing bowl and set aside.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook the garlic in the hot oil for a few seconds until it begins to bubble. Stir the kale into the garlic, cover the frying pan with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking and stirring until the kale is tender, about 10 minutes more. Stir the kale mixture into the orzo along with the lemon juice, nutmeg and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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    The flavors were delicious. If i make it again I would put a little chicken stock with the kale and garlic while it is cooking. My garlic burned and the kale was not soft and tender.  -  18 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Quiet, mellow flavors. Perfectly understated, just as I like it, just as I wanted it. Well balanced combination of the flavors, and I particularly liked the additions of nutmeg and lemon juice, which I didn't measure, just added to taste, probably less than what was called for. The turmeric gives the orzo a brilliant yellow color which, in combination with the green kale (I used arugula because I grow it), gave this a striking appearance. (Note to self: this might make a great dish for a Green Bay Packers party with its vivid colors of green and gold!) Other than seasoning to taste rather than adhering strictly to the given measurements, I wouldn't change this recipe at all and have absolutely no criticism. It's lovely.  -  06 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have never had kale before and I got a bunch in my bountiful basket this weekend. I found this and we LOVE orzo so I thought I would give it a try. Not sure why you need the turmeric other than it makes your orzo a pretty color. This makes a HUGE side dish. I normally only make half a pound, but I wanted to follow the recipe. Make sure you stem the Kale- it doesn't get soft and I was glad I did a good job on all but one leaf. Kale is not bad, but I think the lemon juice and parm is a little on the light side for this much orzo. I also found my kale starting to burn with no water just the evoo to cook it in and my garlic was clearly on the brown side. If I did this again I would cook my garlic then add a little water or stock to steam my kale instead of cooking it in the oil. Some of the pieces got really crispy. Thanks for sharing overall it was good I would just make a few minor changes next time.  -  25 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)