Orzo with Zucchini – Κριθαρακι με Κολοκυθακια

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traditional orzo and zucchini

This is one of my favorite take for lunch meals. It’s every bit as delicious the next day and served at room temperature if you don’t have the opportunity to heat it up. You can use yellow squash or zucchini, I like a combination of both, with a fresh squeeze of lemon.

Three delicious flavors of Greece are featured in this recipe: lemon, oregano and garlic. Combine these with the squash, orzo and a splash of white wine, this will be a favorite dish I promise!


Cutting the zucchini first into strips and then into cubes makes the process quick and easy.

diced zucchini


  • 2 cups orzo uncooked
  • 3-4 medium green or yellow squash (1 1/2 to 2 pounds or 3 cups bite size diced)
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tsp salt / 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

3.5 quart saucepan with lid

Cooking Instructions

Cook orzo in 4 cups vegetable stock and 2 cups water for 8-10 minutes until soft but not completely cooked. Drain, toss with 1tsp olive oil and set aside.

Sauté onion and zucchini in olive oil on low  heat until onions are translucent. Stir frequently so that squash doesn’t brown.

Add salt, ground pepper, oregano and white wine. Mix well. Cook uncovered on low heat for 10 minutes.

Add cooked orzo and mix thoroughly. Add lemon juice, stir and cook covered for 10 minutes.

Serve this dish straight hot from the stove or at room temperature.

And remember it’s a great dish to take for lunch!

orzo and zucchini for lunch

6 Responses to Orzo with Zucchini – Κριθαρακι με Κολοκυθακια

  1. Anastasia Stonestreet February 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    Just made this and it was as delicious as it looks! I’m a busy mom trying to keep the fasts of the church and this will definitely be made again. Thanks for sharing such delicous, easy recipes-like yiayia makes but with definitely less effort!

    • Kiki February 7, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

      Anastasia, I’m so glad you’ve found us! Fasting especially with children is challenging , what a good mom you are to make that effort with them. Kiki 🙂

  2. Dina April 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

    I just made this for dinner and it was delicious! I cooked the onions pretty much through before adding the zucchini but otherwise followed the recipe. Thanks for a recipe I will definitely be putting in the rotation.

  3. Shannon June 2, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    I made this for lunch today with everything except for the white wine. It was really good. It’s definitely going in my recipe book for future.

  4. Teri August 1, 2018 at 9:20 am #

    Thank you for posting this opportunity at the beginning of the Domitian fast!


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