Parmesan Basil Orzo

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"This is a simple recipe that my family loves."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • 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

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.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Super easy and super good. Orzo now a must on my pantry shelf. Noted a previous reviewer made mention of using pasta so that is on for one of our pasta nights. Other than using snipped parsley for a portion of the basil (family preference) made as posted, another Luvcooken recipe to my family favourites.

review by:
(11 Aug 2017)


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:
(16 Mar 2017)

Bonnie Baker

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

review by:
(7 Dec 2016)


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:
(1 Mar 2015)


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:
(6 Feb 2015)


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:
(22 Jan 2015)