Orzo with Almonds goes with almost anything and you can easily keep the ingredients on hand for a last minute side dish recipe.
Side dishes do not get more simple than this!
You may even opt not to try it thinking it won’t be full of flavor…but please pinky promise me you will! It is SO, SO good and super easy to make.
My dad and I used to go to cooking classes at a cookware store a few years ago (this is us now).
The chef teaching that night made couscous with almonds.
My first thought was a boring whomp..whomp. But once I tried it I was hooked.
I made it with couscous a few times, but then tried it with orzo liked it even better.
I used to think orzo was a type of rice, it’s actually pasta cut into a rice shape.
The nuttiness and crunch of the almonds combined with orzo, olive oil, kosher salt, and lots of freshly cracked pepper is simplicity at it’s finest.
How to Make Orzo with Almonds
I toast the almonds in a skillet with just a little bit of olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper in a skillet over medium low heat.
Keep moving them around in the skillet for just a few minutes.
You’ll know they are done when they smell nutty, and have a golden brown color.
Cook the orzo according to the package directions.
Drain the orzo and put back into the same pot.
Start with 1 Tbsp olive oil, some kosher salt, and fresh cracked pepper.
Stir and give it a taste.
Repeat until it’s just the way you like it.
It’s one of those dishes where you’ll taste the first time and it’s just ok, but once you get it seasoned to perfection you’ll do your happy kitchen dance.
Serve the Orzo with Almonds sprinkled over top 🙂
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Orzo with Almonds
A super simple, yet extraordinary side dish
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 pound orzo
- 1-3 Tbsp olive oil
- kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper to taste
Toast almonds in a small skillet with a tiny bit of olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper for about 3-5 minutes. Move them around in the skillet so all sides get toasted. Set aside.
Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and put back into same pot that you cooked it in.
Add 1 Tbsp of the olive oil, some kosher salt and pepper. Stir and taste, add more olive oil, salt, pepper until it’s just right for your taste.
Serve with the toasted almonds over top.