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Tri-Colore Orzo

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1 pound orzo pasta

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1/4 cup

2 cups fresh arugula (about 3 ounces)

3/4 cup crumbled ricotta salata cheese (or feta cheese)

1/2 cup dried cherries

12 fresh basil leaves, torn

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta and put the pasta on a large cookie sheet. Drizzle the pasta with 3 tablespoons olive oil, toss, spread out, and set aside to cool.
  2. Once the orzo is cool, transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and toss gently to combine. Serve.