Lemony Orzo With Kale

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"Lovely side dish with chicken. Great with white wine."

Original is 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (164.1 g)
  • Calories 203.8
  • Total Fat - 9.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 4 mg
  • Sodium - 233.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 28.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.3 g
  • Sugars - 1.7 g
  • Protein - 5.3 g
  • Calcium - 102.2 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 44.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Bring a pot of lightly salted water to boil.

Step 2

Sprinkle turmeric over the water and stir in orzo.

Step 3

Return to boil and cook until cooked through but still al dente, and drain.

Step 4

Heat skillet over medium heat and add olive oil.

Step 5

Cook the garlic in the hot oil for a few seconds until it starts to bubble.

Step 6

Add the kale and stir for a few seconds.

Step 7

Add the chicken broth and continue cooking until leaves are cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Step 8

When chicken broth has reduced, remove from heat and add the orzo, lemon juice, nutmeg, parmesan and salt and pepper to taste.

Step 9

Serve at once, warm or at room temperature.


No special items needed.

10 Reviews


Delicious! Wouldn't change a single thing! I loved how the turmeric gave the orzo such a great color - quite the pop against the bright kale. Thanks for sharing!


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(2 Jan 2024)


This is a great side dish that we all enjoyed. Easy to make and will go with so many things -- we had it with chicken. Leftovers I think would also be great cold for lunch. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(27 Jan 2017)

Smells Like Salad

This easy side dish was served with a simple herb omelet and it worked out well. I lightly browned the orzo in olive oil and used freshly grated turmeric and vegetable broth. Once the orzo was cooked I placed it in a serving bowl covered and then heated up more olive oil and quickly sauteed the kale and garlic just until the kale started to wilt and the garlic became fragrant-less than 1 minute. To finish I grated the orzo with freshly grated nutmeg and used freshly grated asiago for the Parmesan. It was good, it was quick and it was simple! Made for Best of 2015.


(10 Feb 2016)


I enjoyed this a lot but for hubby who is not a big veggie eater the kale did not get high marks. The kale reminded me of spinach and loved the lemon juice both with the kale and orzo. A light side dish for grilled chicken breast. Made and reviewed for the Billboard Recipe Tag game.


review by:
(1 Nov 2015)


Wonderful combination! I had this with some pecan crusted fish, and it was perfect. Love having another way to use kale....have a friend growing it and I seem to have an abundant supply. Thanks for sharing! Made for Billboard tag game.


review by:
(7 Jun 2015)


I eliminated the nutmeg but it still tasted great. We loved it with the spinach stuffed chicken and they tasted great together. This is a great way to serve kale. I got compliments on the meal from my kids and hubby so it's been added to my recipes to have again.


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(22 Mar 2014)

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