Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

Orzo with Parmesan and Basil is a simple orzo pasta dish with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Just like a Mediterranean macaroni and cheese!

Orzo with Parmesan and Basil with Tomates Provencales on the side

I already mentioned in the Tomates Provencales recipe how my sister’s boyfriend Steve is a great cook. He made this orzo for our New Year’s Eve dinner, and it was so delicious. This makes a great side dish, and it’s very simple to make! The basic recipe is adaptable to so many flavors – it doesn’t even have to be Italian. I think it would be good if you toss in some Greek spices with feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, and spinach! He used tri-color orzo and lots of Parmesan cheese!

Orzo with Parmesan and Basil in a serving bowl

Recipe Details

This recipe is very simple. First the orzo is sauteed in melted butter. Then chicken broth is added and the pasta is cooked until al dente. Once the broth has evaporated, the Parmesan cheese and basil are stirred in. That’s it!

Gluten Free Orzo with Parmesan

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Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

Meghan
Orzo with Parmesan and Basil is a simple orzo pasta dish with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Just like a Mediterranean macaroni and cheese!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 14.5 ounces chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (see note)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Optional Additions:

  • chopped tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, spinach, chicken, roasted red peppers, olives, red onion, feta

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in orzo and saute until lightly browned.
  • Stir in chicken stock and bring to boil. Cover. 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. Transfer to a shallow bowl. Garnish with basil sprigs.

Notes

I think it’s important to use fresh basil for this recipe.
Source: Adapted from Steve W., originally from Allrecipes.com
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Keyword Italian, Pasta, side dish, vegetarian


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