Creamy Orzo and Vegetables


Serving Size:
3/4 cup

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Lower Protein


  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small zucchini 
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 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. 

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.

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

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

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

Carbohydrate choices


Download Free Kidney-Friendly Cookbooks

Get instant access to recipes and kidney diet tips from DaVita dietitians.


753,730 Downloads So Far!

Kidney Diet Tips Blog

Recipes, tips and news for people on a kidney diet.

More Recipes

More Recipes

Chicken Fruit Salad

The combination of protein and fruit make this kidney-friendly recipe, Chicken Fruit Salad, a great meal for lunch or dinner.


Apples Baked in Cider

Surprise your family with piping hot apples and the smell of cinnamon- Apples Baked in Cider, a kidney-friendly old time favorite dessert. Renal dieti...


Sweet ‘n’ Sour Meatballs

Need something sweet but a little sour for your appetite? Look no further than Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs, a kidney-friendly appetizer for people with k...


Homemade Pan Sausage

Homemade Pan Sausage is a yummy, kidney-friendly breakfast recipe that will help start anyone's day on a positive note.


Kotlet (Meat and Potato Patties)

For a kidney-friendly treat, follow us to the Middle East and sample some Kotlets, or meat and potato patties Persian style. This savory recipe was ad...


Tuna Veggie Salad

The next time you bring a side dish to a party, consider making the delicious, healthy and kidney-friendly Tuna Veggie Salad.


Shrimp Quesadilla

This fantastic kidney-friendly recipe for Shrimp Quesadilla was created exclusively for by DaVita renal dietitian, Sara from California.


Chicken in Wine Sauce

When you're looking for a special entrée for your family or friends, Chicken in Wine Sauce is sure to satisfy. Delicately flavored with garlic and win...


Popcorn Balls

Kidney-frienldy Popcorn Balls are a fun treat for people with kidney disease, diabetes or those on dialysis.


Write a Comment

Tell Us What You Think

Note: Your username will be displayed for reviews.

All comments will be approved by a DaVita teammate and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.