Orzo means "barley" in Italian because of its grain-shape. This pasta, shaped like a melon seed, belongs to what Italians called Pastina: pasta that is used in soups. This orzo from Rustichella d'Abruzzo keeps its shape and texture and has a pleasurable bite and texture.
Especially great for use in soups, but also wonderful as a contorno ("side dish") with pesto or in salads.
Cooking Time: 6-8 minutes.