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Orzo with Parmesan & Basil


  • 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


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

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


Average Rating:
  • geipa
    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.

  • Brossi
    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.

  • DWare5883
    Jan 24, 2016

    One of our favorite side dishes. Love it.

  • Brenda2772
    Dec 31, 1969

    Delicious! The whole family enjoyed it.

  • abreendre
    Dec 31, 1969

    too much basil

  • kittygrrl3484
    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

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    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.

  • thecreativebaker
    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!

  • bhavna
    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 turnout very son and daughter in law liked it.

  • daabbott
    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.

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