Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 18 mins

A lovely side dish -- from "What's For Dinner" by Maryana Vollstedt. (Note: if you find your orzo sticking to the bottom of the pan after cooking, just remove from the burner and place on a hotpad with the lid on -- let it sit about 5 minutes, then stir.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat melt butter.
  2. Add onion and garlic, saute until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in orzo.
  4. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low and cook covered until liquid is absorbed, about 18 minutes.
  6. Add cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.
  7. Stir until cheese is melted.
  8. Serve.
Most Helpful

Easy and tasty side dish! Was very creamy and would pair well with chicken. Really quite a pretty dish, too, with the fresh parsley. Thanks so much for posting this; will definitely make again!

StacyMD187373 July 07, 2012

I agree, this is a lovely side dish. I followed the recipe except for the fresh parsley. I didn't have any so I used about a teaspoon of dried parsley. My husband and I could make a meal of this. Thanks for posting the recipe.

Marie Nixon August 23, 2007

This was quite good, but I think the cheese overpowered the other flavors (garlic, onion, parsley), even though I used a lot of garlic. I might try making it again with less parmesan or maybe even without it entirely. This is a nice side dish but can also just be a meal in itself.

Nurit June 03, 2013