Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Parmesan Orzo

So this recipe is not new to the blog. Not new at all. In fact, I originally posted this recipe October 7, 2008. It was one of my first posts and has been a staple in my kitchen ever since. However, since I had about 4 readers in 2008 and all of them were in my family I decided it was time to repost this with a new picture, new text, and really just bring some new attention to a favorite. I often get emails asking for recipe suggestions for side dishes and I always say this orzo, but I hate sending people to that old post! The formatting was horrible and I cringe when I read the way I wrote the recipe. So I'm happy to repost it and update it! If you're interested in seeing my original post you can find it here.

Source: Adapted from Cooking Light (although I've been making it for years, I have no idea how close it is to the original!)


1 cup orzo
1 tbsp. butter
1 can chicken broth, garlic and herb broth preferred
1/2-1 tsp garlic powder, depending on taste (not needed if using the garlic and herb broth, only for plain broth)
1/2-1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1- In a small saucepan combine the orzo and butter. Melt the butter and stir regularly, lightly toasting the orzo.
2- Pour in the can of broth (add the garlic powder if needed).
3- Heat over low heat, stirring regularly, until all is absorbed. Make sure to keep the heat low or it will absorb too quickly and not be cooked.
4- Stir in the cheese until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  1. I'm not sure why...but I've never had orzo! Looks like I need to try this recipe soon :)

  2. When I was single, ate meals like this all of the time. And I loved it! I often forget that I can make dinner as simple as this and it will be just as satisfying.

    Once in a while I even got super crazy and threw in some frozen peas just before the pasta was done cooking! Woo!

  3. so simple, and a refreshing recipe.

  4. I love orzo. It has been quite a while since I've had it though. Thanks for posting this, I really want to try it!

  5. That orzo looks delicious! I just love your pictures. Cooking light is always one of my favorite places to get recipes. I'd love for you to come by and share this recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a blessed day :)

  6. Oooooooh - this looks good. Being new to your blog, thanks for the repost!

  7. im always looking for new and easy side dishes! thanks for reposting!

  8. This was a delicious and easy alternative to risotto! I have made this a few times and will make it many more times in the future. The first times I made it I didn't use enough cheese so I would recommend using at least 1/2 cup if not 3/4. Thanks for another great recipe!

  9. Just tried this tonight and did throw in the frozen peas (great idea Kacey!) and used Mrs. Dash for seasoning. Served it with broiled walleye fillets. All I can say is YUM! This is my new favorite side.