Orzo Pilaf with Tomatoes and Basil

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Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • 1 cup orzo

  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Diced tomato

  • Chopped basil


  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the orzo and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth and 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat until the orzo is tender, about 18 minutes. Fold in diced tomato and chopped basil, season with salt and pepper and serve.

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