July 17, 2010

Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

This simple dish is a cross between risotto and macaroni and cheese. It was a super easy weeknight meal and you could enjoy it like we did as a main, but it would also be great as a side dish. This is also one of those great flexible dishes where you can really just add anything you want. For example, I didn't have enough parmesan, so I tossed in some herb and garlic cream cheese. I love those dishes where anything goes!


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat 
  • Stir in orzo pasta and saute until lightly browned
  • Stir in chicken stock and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes
  • Mix in parmesan cheese and basil
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste
Recipe from www.allrecipes.com

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