Cold Orzo Pasta Salad

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Not every orzo pasta salad you make has to be hot. Learn how to make cold orzo pasta salad with help from the owner and operator of a variety of food businesses in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Devra Gartenstein with Quirky Gourmet. Today, I'm going to show you how to make a cold orzo pasta salad. Now orzo is a rice shaped pasta.It shaped like large grains of rice. When you cook orzo you want to pay a lot of attention to it because when you first put it in the pot it's very likely to stick to the bottom. So you want to stir it right after you put it in the boiling water. And then you also want to take it out just as soon as it's soft because it's easy to over cook it. It cooks faster then many other kinds of pasta because the pieces are smaller. Now if you want to make cold orzo pasta salad you are going to cook the orzo in one of two ways. You can either just let it cool at room temperature or in the refrigerator until it gets as cool as it needs to be. In that case you want to mix it with olive oil just as soon as you drain it because it's going to stick together otherwise. You could also put it in a colander like a wire colander. You don't want to use one with big holes cause it will fall through the holes. And then just run some cold water through it. And that will get some of the start off of it as well as cooling it down. So you won't need to add quite as much oil to it to keep it from sticking together. So here I have my cold orzo. I'm going to mix it with some chopped fennel. Fennel is kind of has a licoricey flavor. It's really nice in pasta salads. And I like using it with orzo because they're both used a lot in Greek food, Mediterranean food. Here's some chopped cherry tomatoes. Then I have some shredded carrots. I have orange carrots as well as yellow carrots. And then just a little bit of chopped green onion. I'm going to dress it very simply with some olive oil, some red wine vinegar, some salt, and some black pepper. And there you have a cold orzo pasta salad.

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