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Orzo with Parmesan and Basil


"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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30 m servings 299 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Calories:
  • 299 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 9.4 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 42.2g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 11.6 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Sodium:
  • 197 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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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  1. 1949 Ratings

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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 m...

Most helpful critical review

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.

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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 m...

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 Mi...

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. Ju...

This is a yummy recipe! My husband was really impressed. However I had two only took about 7 minutes before all the liquid was absorbed. Do not leave it unattended on the stove ...

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 ...

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....

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 i...

I served this with Easy Focaccia from this website and a salad, and it was a perfect meal. The only things I added were about 1/2 cup sour cream and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, because we lik...

Easy to prepare and a nice taste. I used a whole box of orzo which was about triple the recipe. I also used the buillion cubes/water instead of the canned broth and less cheese. I liked the t...