Orzo and Potato Parmesan

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

A nicely seasoned side dish which I particularly like as it has more substance than just orzo alone.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; stir in the orzo and garlic and saute until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the potatoes, carrots and onion to the pan and continue to cook and stir until the onion and carrot become tender (5-10 minutes).
  3. Season the mixture with the basil, oregano, salt and pepper (remember the parmesan will also add saltiness).
  4. Add the water to the pan and bring to a boil.
  5. Partially cover the pan, reduce heat to a simmer and cook about 12 minutes, or until the orzo is tender and the water is nearly completely absorbed (remove cover after 12 minutes if you need still to cook a good deal of liquid off).
  6. Stir in the parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
Most Helpful

I like orzo recipes and this one is one of the best I tried. I used chicken stock instead of only water. The cooking method was perfect. After we finished eating, I noticed I forgot to add the parmesan. So I guess it would have made it even more yummy. I have leftovers, so we'll try not to forget the parmesan. Thanks FlemishMinx :) Made for I recommend tag game

Boomette August 01, 2011

This was a big hit tonight! Great mix of flavors and easy to put together. I agree with Pattikay that replacing the water with some stock would be good. Thsi is a great recipe that you can personalize by adding the seasonings you like! Thanks for sharing!

Julie F November 14, 2010

This was really good and easy to make! I made as written except for one goof up; I had 2 bowls of cheese sitting out and dumped the wrong one in so ended up adding about double the amount of cheese needed (1 cup for 2 servings!) so it was really creamy/cheesy! But it was still really good! Will make again...the right way! Made for Best of 2010 Cookbook Tag.

AZPARZYCH February 17, 2011