Parmesan Basil Orzo

Parmesan Basil Orzo – toss the box and make this delicious side dish! Orzo, chicken broth, basil, butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese – ready in under 30 minutes. Toss in some leftover pork, chicken, or beef for an easy main dish!

Parmesan Basil Orzo - toss the box and make this delicious side dish! orzo, chicken broth and parmesan cheese - ready in 20 minutes.

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I am working on cleaning out my pantry.  It is a big mess and I am slowing working my way through all the excess food.  I found a box of orzo, so I decided to make a quick side dish for some grilled chicken.  This is made they same way you make Rice-A-Roni (one of my favorite quick side dishes).  Just sauté the orzo for a few minutes, add the broth and simmer.  I stirred in some parmesan and fresh basil from our patio garden and viola!  Chicken Legs couldn’t get enough of this – it was super delicious!  It was creamy and cheesy, almost like a risotto.  This will be going into the dinner rotation.

Parmesan Basil Orzo - toss the box and make this delicious side dish! orzo, chicken broth and parmesan cheese - ready in 20 minutes.

We love this orzo! It is a great side dish, but you can also toss in some leftover chicken, pork or beef and transform this into an easy main dish! You could also add some onions, peppers, or mushrooms. YUM!

We’ve been making this cheesy pasta weekly. We just can’t seem to get enough of it. It goes with just about everything. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy side dish:

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Parmesan Basil Orzo

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Parmesan Basil Orzo – toss the box and make this delicious side dish! Orzo, chicken broth, basil, butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese – ready in under 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • cups orzo
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions:

  • In a large skillet, combine butter and orzo. Sauté over medium heat until orzo is golden brown, stirring frequently.
  • Slowly stir in the broth and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer 20 minutes or until orzo is tender and almost all the broth has been absorbed.
  • Remove from the heat, stir in the basil and Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste.

Notes:

Can substitute 2 tsp dried basil for fresh.

Steph

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Comments

  1. This recipes is wonderful. It is easy to add things to also. I often throw extra veggies and chicken from the fridge to it so those things don't go to waste. I just add them at the end with the parm and basil, as long as they are already cooked. Some of our favorites, shredded chicken or pork, mushrooms, onions, cauliflower.

  2. Steph, I love, love, love your recipes! Thanks for sharing this one. Now I can use my pkg. of multi-colored orzo that has been in my pantry forever ;o) Can't wait to try this! BTW…did you use the "green can" parm?

  3. I made this Thursday night. The directions do not state when to add the garlic powder, so I stirred it into the orzo as it simmered. This is a fabulous side dish, and I plan on making it often.

  4. Hi,
    Thank you for posting the Parmesan Basil Orzo recipe.
    I’ve been looking for this recipe since forever! LOL. 😀
    I’d like to invite you to submit the pictures of your Parmesan Basil Orzo to http://www.foodporn.net so other chefs can make the same creation. 🙂
    You know it’s fun to make others hungry. 😀
    Can’t wait for your recipe. 😀

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