Back to Garlic Parmesan Orzo

Print Options


Card Sizes

Garlic Parmesan Orzo Recipe

Garlic Parmesan Orzo Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Garlic Parmesan Orzo

Sort By :

Average Rating
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."

kpkaren User ID: 2650977 63276
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"Wonderful side dish. Served it with chicken. It was a hit with my family."

kasgreeneyes User ID: 6106562 148804
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2012

"Wow!! I made this when some friends were coming over and it was such a hit. I will totally make it again. So very easy, and so delicious. I don't think a lot of people know what orzo pasta is, so it looks super fancy, but it is so easy to make and it so good. I used frozen cubes of garlic and basil bc it is what I had on hand, and it was so good. I will for sure be making this again!!"

maddie mae User ID: 4727751 68191
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"We love this,but usually half it for just two people. When it's done we add feta. Delish!!!"

cricket97833 User ID: 2106602 131776
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"My whole family really liked this recipe but I did make a couple changes. First I cooked the orzo in chicken broth and second I added a little more parmesan!"

ch_bronte User ID: 3194939 81263
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2011

"Too bland for us."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 68011
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"I cut the recipe in half, but used the ingredients as stated, just less. Great!"

leighannwoj User ID: 1765354 148776
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"I made this recipe with half the amount of butter and skim milk rather than 2% because that's what my family drinks and, therefore, what I had on hand. I omitted the parsley. While bland in color, this dish is packed with flavor. Would be great with chopped spinach. I will definitely make this again!"

truff User ID: 5348580 58979
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"This was a quick and easy recipe that was a hit with the entire family. I love it when my children are happy."

katiemarg User ID: 3657955 64999
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2010

"Good start, though I had to make some changes. There was waay too much butter, so you can easily halve the amount. Also, I thought the amount of garlic made it too sweet, so I would halve that too. It's still a little bland, but if you up the salt a touch, it's a nice side dish for a flavor-heavy main dish."

mam75 User ID: 1608789 157463
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2010

"My daughters new favorite side dish because it tastes so good and mine because it's so easy to make!"

edin User ID: 995541 134449
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2008

"Very yummy recipe! I have even cut the butter in half to make it a little bit healthier and it still tastes great. All four of my kids even like it."

Loading Image