Orzo with Parmesan & Basil

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Sep. 13, 2023
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.
Orzo with Parmesan & Basil Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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
  • Thinly sliced fresh basil, optional


  1. In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, saute orzo in butter until lightly browned, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Stir in broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and orzo is tender, 10-15 minutes. Stir in the cheese, basil and pepper. If desired, top with fresh basil.

Nutrition Facts

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