Orzo with Parmesan and Basil Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Orzo with Parmesan and Basil Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

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"This is a simple recipe that everyone loves. For a quick Mediterranean macaroni and cheese, omit the basil. Easily doubled, too!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Melt butter in heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in orzo and saute until lightly browned.
  2. Stir in chicken stock and bring to boil. Cover. Reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 - 20 minutes.
  3. Mix in Parmesan cheese and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to shallow bowl. Garnish with basil sprigs.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 06, 2004

This is one of the most perfect side dishes I have ever made. I do what the recipe states except I do not add any basil. While the orzo is cooking in the chicken broth I saute 8 oz of sliced mushrooms in olive oil, set aside in a bowl and then saute an entire bag, maybe 10 oz of baby spinach in olive oil for maybe 30 seconds and then when the orzo is done cooking I mix it altogether and add the parm cheese. I make this with any meat and it is always LOVED.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 06, 2008

IMO, I didn't think this recipe was anything special. I followed the recipe as stated and even used fresh basil from my garden. I won't make again.

Dec 02, 2010

Very good recipe with marvelous flavor. I did note that I needed a 1/2 can more of chicken broth to finish cooking the orzo. Served with Roasted Chicken and a Orange, Walnut, Gorgonzola and Mixed Greens Salad with Fresh Citrus Vinaigrette from this site.

Mar 21, 2008

Hubby said, "Too much cheese"--yet cleaned his plate. I thought it was SO good, and wished he WOULD have left it on his plate so I could have ate it since I only made enough for two servings. Just delicious.

Sep 17, 2003

This is a yummy recipe! My husband was really impressed. However I had two concerns...it only took about 7 minutes before all the liquid was absorbed. Do not leave it unattended on the stove or it might scorch. Also, this must be served immediately or it gets very clumpy and hard to spoon out of the pan. I added a little olive oil and kept the heat on low and it helped this a bit. Overall this is a great side dish and a big hit with the family. I will cook it again soon. Thanks!

Jan 10, 2006

easy, pretty, and delicious! i used it as a side for salmon. I also added a chopped tomato and pine nuts after the broth was absorbed. I kept some extra chicken broth heated so that i could mix right before serving (the mix tends to dry out over time... so if you don't serve it right away, it is a good idea to have some extra broth on hand)

Feb 14, 2006

I loved this recipe! I made a few changes, but I feel certain, that it would be delicious just as it is written. I used part butter and part olive oil and I sauted minced garlic with the orzo. I then added crushed red pepper flakes and a pinch of nutmeg and a good bit of parmesan cheese and ommited the basil. Yummy! I also think that for a really fast, but delicious side dish, I would made the recipe just as written, but instead of fresh basil, I would add a couple TBS of pesto!

Jul 08, 2007

Love, love LOVE this recipe!!! I'm so excited to have come across this one. It's such an easy recipe to prepare and the result is a restaurant quality dish that your family and friends will be impressed with. I used freshly grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil and it was heavenly! Such a fantastic flavor! It tasted so good that my husband thought it was complicated and that I'd spent a lot of time on it. So happy to report that wasn't the case! Simple, yet REALLY delicious!! What more could you ask for? Did I already say that I LOVE this recipe???


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  • Calories
  • 299 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42.2 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 9.4 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 11.6 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 197 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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