Orzo (pasta)

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Uncooked orzo grains
Alternative name(s) Risoni
Place of origin Italy

Orzo (Italian for "barley", from Latin hordeum[1]), also risoni (Italian: "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 baked in a casserole.

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Orzo is similar to kritharáki ("little barley") and manéstra in Greek cuisine, arpa şehriye in Turkish cooking, and lisān al-`uṣfūr ("songbird tongue") in Arabic cooking.


Orzo is often boiled in Italian soups, like minestrone. It also is boiled and lightly fried, to resemble risotto.

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