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Garlic Parmesan Orzo

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


8 servings

This buttery pasta dish calls for orzo, which cooks quickly and is a nice change from ordinary pasta shapes. Orzo recipes make a superb side dish anytime, and in this dish, the garlic and Parmesan cheese really stand out. —Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho
Garlic Parmesan Orzo Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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  • Andrea
    Jan 11, 2021

    Very easy and yummy. Next time I'll add parmesean at very end, as it got a bit clumpy.

  • Janis
    Sep 15, 2020

    Delicious and so easy.

  • Cam
    May 13, 2020

    Halved this recipe for my fiancée and I and it was perfect! Added a little lemon zest to add a little citrus kick and it was amazing!

  • Kurt
    Apr 21, 2020

    Great, simple recipe. Paired with roasted chicken and vegetables.

  • Brossi
    Mar 28, 2018

    Was very nice, however, mine turned out gluggy so may use less liquid next time. I cooked the rice with chicken stock powder as suggested and also reduced the butter to 3 tbs. Our son wasn't so keen on this dish, but hubby and I enjoyed it nonetheless. Thanks for a lovely recipe.

  • PrplMonky5
    May 18, 2016

    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
    Jun 22, 2015

    Easy and delicious

  • LeslieH
    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
    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
    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.