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Home Town: Frankfort, Kentucky, USA
Living In: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian
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Orzo with Parmesan and Basil
Unlike many easy recipes with minimal ingredients that end up tasting like something is missing, this one actually tastes amazing which is very rewarding. The prep is very quick and easy since you can grate your cheese and chop the basil while the pasta is cooking. The pasta tastes very creamy and nutty due to the Parmesan cheese and browning of the orzo in butter, and the flavor from the fresh basil adds a nice refreshing finish. The prepared dish has a dense texture yet manages to look light and fluffy on the plate and fork. I followed the recipe exactly and after 20 minutes the pasta absorbed all the broth and was cooked to a perfect consistency, slightly al dente. It surprises me that so many reviewers said that they make this without the basil. The basil is not overpowering at all yet really adds a dimension of flavor and color that easily makes this recipe worthy of 5 stars. Because the dish is so simple, it can be built upon in many ways if you wish. I might try adding some sun-dried tomatoes next time which should pair very well with the basil. You may want to use this as as side dish with meat as a main course, but you must make sure everything else you cook is also high quality or else the orzo with Parmesan and basil will easily steal the spotlight!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 27, 2012

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