Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Orzo

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"This is a great orzo dish, I have left the chili flakes as optional add in for some heat if desired, cooking time does not include cooking the orzo."

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (69.5 g)
  • Calories 199.6
  • Total Fat - 9.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 24.3 mg
  • Sodium - 125.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 24.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.4 g
  • Sugars - 0.6 g
  • Protein - 5.3 g
  • Calcium - 105.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 3.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Cook the orzo according to the package directions; drain well.

Step 2

In a large skillet melt the butter over medium heat; add in the onion and saute until just softened (about 3 minutes). Add in fresh garlic and cayenne; cook 1 minute. Reduce the heat to low and add in the cooked orzo, Parmesan cheese, cream or milk and parsley; toss to heat through.

Step 3

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



One of my new favorite sides right here! Made them to have with Parmesan Pork Chops. They were great together! Love the cheesy goodness!

(31 Jan 2019)


This is delightful! Made the whole recipe as we had guests and everyone commented how good it was! Did use the cayenne option. The flavours go so well together. Thank you for sharing Kitten!

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(13 Jan 2019)


I cut the recipe down to serve really does make a lot...we loved the Parmesan flavor in this dish..the hubby took one bite and is good...made from Karen's best of 2017 cookbook...

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(24 Jan 2018)


I did make slight changes to this to make this gluten free using cooked brown rice and I used canned coconut milk because I was out of cream and this tasted fantastic!!!!

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(22 Feb 2017)


I love easy recipes, and this one hit the mark. I made a half recipe and followed the recipe exactly other than using a mixture of parmesan and feta cheese. Definitely will be making this again.

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(6 Feb 2017)


We really enjoyed this tasty side dish and company worthy in my book. It is so easy to throw together which makes it great for busy times. I made a half recipe and used 2 cloves garlic and at least 3 tbsp half and half. Thanks for sharing!

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(4 May 2016)