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Prep Time: 10m

Cook Time: 20m


Servings: 4  

  • 5.0000

Loved was so easy to prepare and the flavor was got a nice creamy Parmesan cheese with a bust of basil...made for "best of 2014" tag game....

  US | Metric  Print Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
  • 1 cup dry orzo pasta
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounce) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (for garnish)

What You Will Need

No special items needed.
  How to Make

Step 1

Melt butter in heavy skillet over medium heat.

Step 2

Stir in orzo and saute until lightly browned.

Step 3

Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil.

Step 4

Cover and reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 - 20 minutes.

Step 5

Stir in parmesan and basil and season with salt and pepper.

Step 6

Serve with the remaining chopped basil.

  Nutritional Facts
  • Serving Size: 1 (153.1 g)
  • Calories 189.2
  • Total Fat - 9.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 23.2 mg
  • Sodium - 574.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 21.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.9 g
  • Sugars - 0.2 g
  • Protein - 6.5 g
  • Calcium - 139.7 mg
  • Iron - 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg
16 reviews

I love orzo but after I got everything ready I realized I was out of it, so I made the recipe with bow tie pasta and it was delicious! So easy to make and so flavorful. I need to remember to cook pasta in broth, more often.❤


Review by MsPia

Made this tasty side to go with our baked parmesan pork chops. So good together!


Review by Bonnie Baker

This orzo not only lickety-split quick and easy, but it’s delicious! I love it especially right after it’s done because it is moist, smooth, and buttery. After it sits, it absorbs the juices, like most pastas. I think that next time I will add extra liquid which will be soupy, but may retain its juiciness over time. For this go-round, once the absorption took place, I added extra broth and a bit of parm and basil. Yum!


Review by ForeverMama

Loved was so easy to prepare and the flavor was got a nice creamy Parmesan cheese with a bust of basil...made for "best of 2014" tag game...


Review by TeresaS

I love this and plan to make it again tonight. It is quick to prepare and pairs well with so many dishes. A real great side!


Review by MichelliBelli

Simple+Good=Everyday Eats! Loved this combo of flavors - and can tell this will be on our dinner table quite often!


Review by JostLori

WOW! Doesn't get much easier and with such tasty results. Will be making this often. May try it with beef broth to go with a roast, too.


Review by Mikekey

We all loved this one! New to orzo, we will be having it more often now since I made this. Great little side with baked parmesan chicken!


Review by MeganMuffins

Very easy to prepare and so good with the cheese and basil flavors. I made it to have with meatloaf and it was enjoyed very much!


Review by StansBetterHalf

I was amazed at how delicious pasta cooked in chicken broth is and to add the parmesan cheese and basil too just enhances the flavor. I cooked it in advance of dinner so it cooled figuring I was just going to reheat it in the microwave. It worked fine except the basil lost its vibrant green color. So next time I make it, I won't addthe basil until after I reheat it. Made for Billboard tag.


Review by AcadiaTwo