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Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

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!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 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


  • 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.


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