Orzo with Parmesan & Basil
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 20 min.
- 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
- In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, saute orzo in butter until lightly browned, 3-5 minutes.
- 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 Facts1/2 cup: 285 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 641mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.
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.
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.
Jan 24, 2016
One of our favorite side dishes. Love it.
Mar 16, 2014
Delicious! The whole family enjoyed it.
Oct 14, 2013
too much basil
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
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.
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!
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 stock.it turnout very good.my son and daughter in law liked it.
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.