Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  176
  • Protein  10 g
  • Carbohydrates  25 g
  • Fat  4 g
  • Cholesterol  4 mg
  • Sodium  193 mg
  • Potassium  170 mg
  • Phosphorus  68 mg
  • Calcium  53 mg
  • Fiber  2.6 g

Creamy Orzo and Vegetables

Michele from North Carolina is a natural in the kitchen, so when her husband Charlie required a kidney diet she went to work creating recipes for him. Creamy Orzo Pasta is just one of the tasty recipes made special for dialysis patients.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe created by Michele, wife of DaVita patient Charlie and submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Maria from North Carolina.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 3/4 cup


  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small zucchini 
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup orzo pasta, uncooked
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


    1. Finely chop garlic. Chop onion and zucchini. Shred carrots.
    2. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the garlic, onion, zucchini and carrots for 5 minutes. 
    3. Add curry powder, chicken broth and salt; bring to a boil. 
    4. Add orzo pasta and stir until mixture returns to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and pasta is al dente. 
    5. Add cheese, chopped parsley and the frozen peas. Heat until the vegetables are hot, adding a bit more broth if necessary to maintain creaminess. Add pepper to taste. 

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 meat
  • 1-1/2 starch
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Great served with chicken instead of potatoes or rice. 
  • Recipe can be easily halved.
  • Small amounts of cheese, like the Parmesan cheese in this recipe, can be included and still maintain phosphorus and sodium in an acceptable range.
  • Chicken stock or broth contributes to the protein content of this recipe. Be sure to keep it low-sodium without added potassium chloride.

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Creamy Orzo and Vegetables

135nicole says:


Was very tasty. I did not have any curry, so I skipped that ingredient. Even non CKD family members really enjoyed this.

Sep. 07, 2014, 11:52 AM - Inappropriate review?

Creamy Orzo and Vegetables

Shunkmanitu says:


SANDYKK; Try KITCHEN BASICS BRAND:Ingredients Chicken Stock, Chicken Flavor, Sea Salt, Vegetable Stocks (Carrot, Onion, Mushroom, Celery), Honey, Bay, Thyme, Pepper.

Oct. 21, 2013, 7:38 PM - Inappropriate review?

Creamy Orzo and Vegetables

sandykk says:


Could just plain water be used instead of chicken broth? I can't find a low sodium/without added potassium chicken broth. Dietitian comment: Yes you can substitute water. Another option is to make your own low sodium chicken broth.

Oct. 11, 2013, 11:34 AM - Inappropriate review?

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