Monday, December 27, 2010

Too Good - Parmesan Orzo

A while back I was meaning to buy risotto and ended up getting orzo instead. One is a rice, the other a pasta. SOOOOO....I've been trying to clean out my pantry and decided it was time for the orzo. I did a Swagbucks search that lead me to this DELISH side dish. I could have eaten it all. My husband, who doesn't like mac and cheese or lasagna (gasp! I LOVE those cheesy noodle dishes~!) didn't like it. No worries....more for me!

The recipe that I use is from Cooking Light.

Creamy Parmesan Orzo

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup orzo
1 1/4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese (I actually used Romano and Asiago - it's what i had on hand)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (used a little more than this, LOVE fresh basil)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 teaspoons pine nuts, toasted (didn't have, so didn't use)

Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add orzo, and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in broth and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and orzo is done (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in cheese, basil, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with the pine nuts. Serve immediately.

Yum! If you have orzo that you are wanting to use up, try it!
This post has also been linked to:
Mouthwatering Monday at Southern Fairytale
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace
Tuesday at the Table at All the Small Stuff
What's on The Menu Wednesday at Dining With Debbie
12 Days of Bloggie-mas at A Moderate Life
Recipe Swap at Prairie Story (Thursdays)
Colleen's Fall Recipe Swap at Colleen's Kitchen (Fridays)


  1. Looks delish! I'm always on the look out for new and wonderful recipes.

  2. sounds like a good and simple dish!

  3. yum! I could eat just this for dinner : )

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE easy and quick!!


  5. I've never made orzo but now I'm intrigued. It sounds delish!