Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Parmesan Orzo

This is my all time favorite side dish. I love it so much that I often end up skipping out on the main dish and mostly eating this. I think it might be one of my favorite things that I make! This is a recipe that I have adapted from a Cooking Light recipe for "Creamy Parmesan Orzo." I really can't say enough about this... just make it.

BUT, what I will say is that this works best with freshly shaved parmesan cheese. I wouldn't use grated cheese (you know... the white powdery stuff), I don't really think it would achieve the right consistency. You need fresh cheese so that it melts...yummmm. I buy the Kraft Grate it Fresh. It is sold in the refrigerated case with other cheeses. It is a green rectangular plastic case with a block of parmesan cheese inside it. On the bottom is a grater, so you just have to twist the cap and you get freshly grated cheese. It's one of my favorite products and I would never go back to the white, powdery, grated cheese again.

1 TBSP light butter (or real)
1 cup orzo
1 can of chicken broth (I use the garlic flavored chicken broth... it makes this dish so yummy)
A few shakes of parsley
A few shakes of garlic powder
1/2 cup of freshly shredded parmesan cheese (I NEVER measure this... I have no idea how much I use, I just put some in and stir. Once it is creamy I consider it to be enough)

1- Heat butter and dry orzo over medium/high heat until pasta is toasted and golden (not all of the pasta, just some)
2- Pour in the can of broth and seasonings. Cook on medium heat. The orzo will absorb the broth. Once most of the broth is absorbed, remove from the heat.
3- Mix in the parmesan cheese and stir until smooth and creamy.
4- Sprinkle with additional cheese when serving if you like.


  1. This complemented the shrimp dish very well. Desert tonight is my job, with some cupcakes from crumbs.

  2. Oh my. This looks really, really yummy! I'll have to keep this idea tucked inside my hat to pull out some evening...

  3. Just got done making this - so delicious! Definitely a favorite of mine now! Thanks for posting!
    -A Fellow Nestie :)

  4. I made this last night but used whole wheat orzo and it was kind of weird! Not your recipe but just the whole wheat-ness of the orzo was really over powering, do you ever use it?

  5. Kaylee- I don't use whole wheat orzo! I just use the regular kind. I honestly am not huge on whole wheat pasta but I do use it for certain things, typically only if it has a powerful sauce paired with it.

  6. I LOVE this recipe, it has become my go to side! and to think, I had never had orzo before I tried this.. I never knew what I was missing! I love your blog by the way!