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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 equals 285 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 641 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 11 g 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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Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

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

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"Delicious! The whole family enjoyed it."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"too much basil"

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"

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."

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