Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free pasta in this dish.


"It's diamonds in your pockets one week, macaroni and cheese the next."
-Jolene Blalock, Actress

The refrigerator light goes on...

Well, for me it's macaroni one week and macaroni the next without the diamonds in my pocket. But I do love pasta, especially this perfect Mediterranean side dish to serve with grilled fish, chicken or pork. The flavor of the tapenade is great and you can buy it easily in most grocery stores. The jar might say "olive oil spread" or something like "kalamata olive spread." The saltiness along with the umami flavor of the tapenade makes the perfect way to flavor the orzo.


Orzo with Tapenade

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 2 ounces orzo

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

This recipe does not make very good leftovers.

3 quarts water
4 ounces orzo pasta or gluten-free pasta
1 tsp olive oil
1 large shallot (sliced)
1 Tbsp capers
1/4 red bell pepper (diced)
1 Tbsp tapenade
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Place the water in a medium stock pot over high heat. When the water boils add the orzo. Cook for about ten minutes until the pasta is cooked al dente.

While the orzo is cooking place a medium skillet on the range over medium heat. Add the olive oil, shallots and capers. Cook gently for about 5 - 7 minutes.

Add the red pepper and olives and cook until the pasta is done.

Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet. Add the tepanade and the pepper and cook for about two minutes until well blended.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 2 ounces orzo

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 276 Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5g 8%
    Saturated Fat 1g 4%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 258mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
    Sugars 2g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A 19% Vitamin C 44%
Calcium 4% Iron 15%
Vitamin K 4 mcg Potassium 261 mg
Magnesium 40 mg