Toasted Orzo with Saffron and Fennel

35 mins (prep 15)
6 ingredients
makes 4 to 6 (side dish) servings
Because of its shape, orzo can do nearly anything rice can do, and if you’re a pasta lover, you might say orzo does it better. Saffron and fennel are two characteristic flavors in many Mediterranean dishes.

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  • 1/4 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads
  • 1 tablespoon boiling-hot water plus 2 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 /2 cups orzo (9 ounces)
  • 1 cup chopped fennel (from 1 small bulb) plus 2 tablespoons chopped fronds


Serving Size (119.43 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 323.55 Calories from Fat 149.67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16.63g 102.33%
Saturated Fat 1.39g 27.86%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 54.79mg 9.13%
Total Carbohydrate 42.12g 56.16%
Dietary Fiber 24.42 g 390.71%
Sugars 0.17 g %
Protein 10.6g 84.83%
Vitamin A 79.85IU% Vitamin C 12.42mg%
Calcium 712.49mg% Iron 11.21mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
crumbled saffron, plus, chopped red onion


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