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Cilantro Orzo and Beef

2 - 3 servings
Prep info
20 min
Prep time
Not set
Cook time
20 minutes
Time required
20 minutes
Oven preheat
Mains - Misc
one dish meal


  • 1.5 c beef stock
  • 128 g orzo pasta (uncooked measure)
  • 170 g canned corn (drained, whole kernel)
  • 1 c peas (optional)
  • 57 g chopped green chilis
  • 1 t salt - table
  • 1 t freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 t oil (olive or vegetable)
  • 1/2 lb beef (extra lean, cut into strips)
  • 1/2 bell pepper (cut into 1/4" strips)
  • 2 T chopped cilantro (fresh)


Pour stock, orzo, corn, peas, chilis, salt, and pepper in a 2-quart pan.  Heat to boiling.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes; remove from heat.  Let stand about 5 minutes.

While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook beef and bell pepper for about 5 minutes, until beef is brown.

Stir beef and bell pepper into the pasta mixture and add cilantro.


SJ Note 21 Apr 2011: Fantastic!  Definitely a keeper.  Made it without beef this time, just wanted it as a side dish.  I really liked mine with the corn, and Chris equally enjoyed his without the corn.

SJ Note 8 Aug 2011: This was great.  Used pork instead of beef, as that's what we had on hand tonight.  I had mine with corn; we added peas to the whole lot, and since we were short on chilis, used some chipotle paste.  With the peas, makes a great one-dish meal.  Would have probably been better with beef.

SJ Note 27 Mar 2012: Still a favorite.  Needed more meat, though, so I've doubled the measure; in the future we'll just add the peas and make it a one-dish meal (might need bread with it if we're particularly hungry).