Orzo with Tapenade



Serving size

2 ounces orzo
30 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and leftovers are fair.

Orzo with Tapenade


3 quart Water
4 ounce Whole Wheat Orzo (or gluten-free orzo)
1 tsp. Olive oil
2 Large Shallots, raw (thinly sliced)
1 Tbsp., drained Capers
1/2 Large Red bell peppers (finely diced)
1 Tbsp. Tapenade
1 to taste Black pepper


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 and swirl until hot.

Add the shallots and capers.

Cook gently for about 5 - 7 minutes. Stir occasionally.

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

Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet.

Add the tapenade and the pepper and cook for about two minutes until well blended.

Serve immediately.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

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


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

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


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

This is a perfect Mediterranean side dish to serve with grilled fish, chicken or shrimp.

The salty, briny, umami flavor of the tapenade is great and you can buy it easily in most grocery stores although it is super simple to make your own.

The jar might say “olive 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.

"A woman who can eat a real bruschetta is a woman you can love and who can love you. Someone who pushes the thing away because it's messy is never going to cackle at you toothlessly across the living room of your retirement cottage or drag you back from your sixth heart attack by sheer furious affection. Never happen. You need a woman who isn't afraid of a faceful of olive oil for that."

Nick Harkaway, The Gone-Away World