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Monday, April 13, 2009

Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

I already mentioned how my sister's boyfriend Steve is a great cook. He made this orzo for our New Year's Eve dinner, and it was so delicious. This makes a great side dish, and it's very simple to make! The basic recipe is adaptable to so many flavors - it doesn't even have to be Italian. I think it would be good if you toss in some Greek spices with feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, and spinach!

He used tri-color orzo and lots of Parmesan cheese!

Here are the pictures when I made it with the tomates provencales:

Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

2 Tablespoons butter
1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
1-14.5 ounce can chicken broth
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil

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 a shallow bowl. Garnish with basil sprigs.

I think it's important to use fresh basil for this recipe.

Optional additions: Chopped tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, spinach, chicken, roasted red peppers, olives, red onion, feta, etc.

Source: Adapted from Steve W., originally from


  1. Great flavors. A nice way to change up Orzo!

  2. Mmm...the orzo and those tomatoes look delicious!

  3. Yum - I love all the cheese on top!

  4. I'm an orzo lover and those tomatoes look amazing!

  5. What a delicious meal! I love everything about it!

  6. This caught my eye because I'm trying to serve at least one meatless dish a week. I think this would be hearty enough, along with the tomates provencial, to satisfy Mr. "Where's The Beef?" I wonder how some mushrooms would taste added to this.


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