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orzo \orzo\ n. (Cookery) Pasta shaped like pearls of barley; frequently prepared with lamb in Greek cuisine.


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


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

Orzo (pasta)

Orzo (, Italian for " barley", from Latinhordeum), also risoni (, "big rice"), is a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice. Orzo can be served alone, as a soup accompaniment, as part of a salad or pilaf or giouvetsi or baked in a casserole.


Orzo may refer to:

  • Orzo (pasta), a rice-shaped pasta also known as
  • , the Italian name for the cereal grain barley (Hordeum vulgare); sometimes encountered in English-language works on Italian cuisine
  • ('coffee of barley'), a roasted grain beverage, often simply called "orzo" in Europe

Usage examples of "orzo".

Inroads had been made on the Italian shrimp salad with oranges and herbed orzo, but the chocolate-walnut torte had only one bite taken from it.

Lunch also bustles with locals who come for simple, fresh fare like grilled hamburgers with Gorgonzola, grilled-chicken Caesar salad, roast lamb sandwich with minted mayo and roasted shallots on rosemary bread, and lentil bulgur orzo salad.

So she found a Greek restaurant and had them box up their best salad and mezedakia, tomatoes stuffed with orzo and wild mushrooms.

In the old days, even with all her board meetings, her mom used to make salads with good stuff like fresh tomatoes and Swiss cheese and orzo, which looked like fat grains of rice but was really pasta.

I prepared almond-crusted chicken, a romaine salad, orzo pasta with peas and mint.