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ORZO (OAR-zoh)

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

Common clues: Soup pasta; Petite pasta; Ricelike pasta; Italian side dish; Rice-shaped pasta

Crossword puzzle frequency: once a year

Video: Chicken Asiago Orzo Pasta

Orzo (from Latin hordeum) is Italian and means "barley", but in common usage in the United States, orzo is understood to mean rice-shaped pasta, slightly smaller than a pine nut. It is frequently used in soups.

Orzo with Cranberries and Sausage

Serves 8

12-oz.of orzo, acine de pepe, or ditalini, uncooked

1/2 lb mild sausage links

1 small onion chopped

3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 1/2 cups orange juice

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 tsp. dried sage

Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray; heat. Add sausage and onion and cook, stirring frequently, until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove sausage from skillet and chop into 1/4" pieces. Return sausage to skillet with onion. Stir in orzo, chick broth, orange juice, cranberries, and sage; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer (covered), until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 10 minutes. Toss and serve.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Orzo".  Source of recipe: National Pasta Association