Garlic Parmesan Orzo Recipe
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Garlic Parmesan Orzo Recipe

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This buttery pasta dish calls for orzo, which cooks quickly and is a nice change from ordinary pasta shapes. This fantastic recipe makes a superb side dish anytime. The garlic and Parmesan cheese really stand out. —Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 321 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 513mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. Cook orzo according to package directions; drain. In a large skillet, saute garlic in butter until tender. Add the orzo, Parmesan cheese, milk, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Garlic Parmesan Orzo in Quick Cooking March/April 2005 , p14

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 248356
Reviewed May. 18, 2016 Edited Jan. 6, 2017

"I cut this recipe in half for my husband and I, and it worked perfectly. I didn't think this was bland at all! That may have been because I cooked the orzo in half chicken broth (leftover) and half water, to add a bit of extra flavor. I also used whole milk instead of 2%. Lastly, I used dry parsley (using the proper conversation of 1 tbsp fresh = 1 tsp dry). It was DELICIOUS! We will make this again!

Update: I made this again the other night and didn't use chicken broth to cook the orzo. I still thought this side tasted GREAT. It's light, tasty, and good complement to so many meals."

Not_Spacy User ID: 6034953 228357
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"easy and delicious"

LeslieH User ID: 191346 58988
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"I liked this dish. easy to make and very flavourful. I did not measure the garlic, but just minced 3 garlic cloves. I also did as the other poster and used only 3 tbsp butter to cut back on the calories."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 68192
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"I cut back on the butter and used some good olive oil. I also freshly grated Romano cheese and used couple of tablespoons on cream. If only I had some fresh parsley on hand ... wonderful, easy side dish."

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 152809
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"I had a half box of orzo in the cupboard that I wanted to use up & found this recipe on the fly. Very easy and very tasty."

jstowellsupermom User ID: 7101358 157587
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"Can't go wrong with a garlic, cheese & pasta combo!! A great quick & easy side dish!"

wrenjen523 User ID: 7407554 81267
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"it will definitely be a repeated recipe. I cut the recipe in half, including the butter, and probably could have cut the butter down even more, and it was still delicious. I can't wait to heat it up for lunch and dinner tomorrow. I paired it with steamed salmon."

goodenf4u User ID: 4775170 81265
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2013

"very good and flavorful. I made some for dinner and craving some more already."

dbeauche User ID: 4406338 134543
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"Yummy! Everyone loved it. I did cut back on the butter to 3 tablespoons to save on calories. It was still moist and delicious!"

RoxyAZ User ID: 6753469 131718
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"Loved it. It was so simple and quick to make."

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