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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Parmesan Basil Orzo

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I actually had never tried orzo before in my life!  I've been on a kick lately though to try new things, so as soon as I saw this delicious-sounding Allrecipes recipe, I wanted to add it to our family's dinner rotation ASAP.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the orzo turned out fantastic and delicious!  I mean, in hindsight, I guess that isn't so hard to believe when your ingredients list includes things like "butter" and "parmesan".  But I really thought it was a winner, as did my family.  When we need a side dish to get us out of a rut, this will absolutely be one of the ones I turn to, and you should too!

Ingredients [4 servings]
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1 14.5 oz can chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp dried basil (use fresh if you'd like, just more of it!)


Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Stir in orzo and saute until lightly browned.

Stir in chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer until orzo is tender and the liquid is absorbed (about 15-20 minutes).

Mix in parmesan cheese and basil and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve and enjoy!

Have you ever tried orzo before?

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