Orzo with Parmesan & Basil Recipe
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Orzo with Parmesan & Basil Recipe

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Dried basil adds its rich herb flavor to this creamy and delicious skillet side dish that's table-ready in just minutes! Thanks to Anna Chaney of Antigo, Wisconsin for sharing her recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta or pearl couscous
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 285 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 641mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute orzo in butter for 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Stir in broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and orzo is tender. Stir in the cheese, basil and pepper. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Orzo with Parmesan & Basil in Simple & Delicious July/August 2008, p22

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geipa User ID: 8956666 266171
Reviewed May. 21, 2017

"This recipe says orzo but the picture shows couscous and is misleading. Made this dish with the orzo and it was really good. Followed recipe with no changes and will absolutely make again. This is definitely a 5 star recipe. Thanks for the wonderful recipe."

Brossi User ID: 8526235 248708
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"Lovely side dish. Used orzo instead of couscous and cooked this in my rice cooker. Whole family enjoyed this. Would definitely make again. Thanks for a great recipe."

DWare5883 User ID: 5884353 242453
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"One of our favorite side dishes. Love it."

Brenda2772 User ID: 2165447 76122
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"Delicious! The whole family enjoyed it."

abreendre User ID: 1799143 67497
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"too much basil"

kittygrrl3484 User ID: 5092655 94992
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"I absolutely love this recipe! I make it a meal by adding a pound of ground turkey and a little more cheese and milk. It's simple and quick"

DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 149352
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"I've made this recipe several times. It's a great spontaneous side dish because I typically have all of the ingredients on hand. I substitute whatever white shredded cheese I have on hand - mozzarella and provolone are both good."

thecreativebaker User ID: 7200207 149474
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"I make this as a side dish frequently-it goes together fast. I add the basil at the beginning, as well as 1/8 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder. Mushrooms are a great addition as well!"

bhavna User ID: 5873296 102434
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"it was very tasty and easy to make. i made some variations.i add three mushrooms half of green bell pepper and two sundried tomatoes with orzo while saute and then added the vegetable turnout very son and daughter in law liked it."

daabbott User ID: 5730142 76121
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"Fantastic! Easy and very tasty. This is the first time I've tried orzo as a side dish and we loved it. Will definitely be making often."

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