or·​zo ˈȯrd-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce orzo (audio)
: rice-shaped pasta

Examples of orzo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The entrees come in single serve, half portion (feeds two or three) and full size (feeds four to six), with soups and sides like lemon herb orzo, garlic bacon brussels sprouts and split pea soup in either half pint or pint sizes. Shannon Greene, Charlotte Observer, 17 June 2024 And Edson’s braised-rabbit stew is a deeply satisfying melange of orzo, sunchokes, French beans and leek sauce. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 10 June 2024 To make it, Borda Berri starts with orzo (as opposed to the traditional rice), which gets toasted until nutty and cooked in wine and vegetable broth in traditional risotto style. Marti Buckley, Saveur, 30 May 2024 Add orzo, and cook until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of chicken registers 165°F and potatoes and orzo are tender, about 10 minutes more. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 15 Sep. 2023 See all Example Sentences for orzo 

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Word History


Italian, literally, barley, from Latin hordeum — more at orgeat

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orzo was in 1917

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“Orzo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orzo. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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