Parmesan Orzo

by Melissa on April 18, 2011

This a re-post of a recipe that I posted a couple of years ago, but we eat this orzo at least once a month, so it deserves to be updated! Orzo is such a simple, but versatile pasta side dish. This creamy Parmesan orzo is flavorful, but not overwhelming and pairs well with just about any entrée and vegetable. It is so simple to make, that it has pretty much turned into my husbands “go-to” side dish when it is his turn to cook. Mark this one as a favorite because I am sure your family will love it too!

Parmesan Orzo

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. orzo
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

In a medium saucepan, heat butter over medium heat until melted. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Stir in the orzo and coating with the melted butter and garlic. Continue to stir until the orzo is slightly toasted,  1-2 minutes.

Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until done, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Off the heat, stir in the cheese and parsley, serve immediately.

Source: Adapted from Elly Says Opa.

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Jolene ( April 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I love orzo, but always forget about it. I love the texture of the little guys!


Dana April 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

Ooh yummy! This sounds so creamy and delicious. I can see why it’s a staple in your house!


Sues April 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm

This looks fantastic! I really need to prepare orzo more often as a side :)


Kelly May 27, 2011 at 8:49 am

Hi Melissa, just wanted to drop in to say how much I enjoy your blog and hope you post again soon! Cheers.


Melissa May 31, 2011 at 10:55 am

Thank you so much Kelly!


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