Published Jun 8th
Prep 15m Cook 15m Additional - Ready In 30m
Servings 8 servings Calories 274.8

This is an easy, nutritious, warm, and slightly nutty pasta dish that pairs well with just about any meat. This recipe is very adaptable. Want garlic or onion? Add it! More pine nuts? Great! Flavored tomatoes? Do it. It will pretty much work with whatever you have or want.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups orzo pasta
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup pine nuts, or more to taste
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.
  2. 2 Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add green beans, cover, and steam until tender, 2 to 4 minutes.
  3. 3 Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat; cook and stir pine nuts until toasted and fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. 4 Combine orzo, green beans, pine nuts, tomatoes, remaining olive oil, Parmesan cheese, basil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 274.8
  • Carbohydrate 34.1 g
  • Cholesterol 4.4 mg
  • Fat 11.4 g
  • Fiber 3.5 g
  • Protein 10.3 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.4 g
  • Sodium 161 mg
  • Sugar 3.7 g

Chef's Notes

Substitute 1 can green beans for the fresh green beans, if desired; If the heat dissipates too much, simply reheat in microwave for approximately 2 minutes before serving.


  1. Very good recipe. I made 2 changes. I didn't have any basil so I substituted Italian Seasonings and I had part of an orange pepper leftover so I chopped it and warmed it a bit in the microwave. Otherwise I followed the recipe. We thought it was very good. Next time I think I will - Read more ...
  2. It was easier than I thought! This was my first time making orzo but it turned out great!
  3. Love it it turned out awesome and it tastes delicious!
  4. Nice recipe that can easily be modified for whatever you have in your fridge/allergies. Made mine with just fresh green beans olive oil basil and fresh tomatoes tossed with spaghetti noodles with a dash of salt and pepper. Lovely meal:)
  5. Very good. The roasted pine nuts give it a delicious nutty flavor. I used cut frozen green beans. Even good cold as a pasta salad.
  6. Surprisingly very very good considering how few ingredients there are. This will be a regular main dish for me.
  7. I had fresh green beans from the farmers market that were begging to be used and came across this recipe. Not only was I able to use the green beans but this recipe satisfied the carb portion of dinner as well. The only changes I made was to use fresh tomatoes and basil as I - Read more ...
  8. Great side dish! Easy to make too. I didn't have any pine nuts but tasted good without them. I will definitely make this again!
  9. One of my new favorites!