Creamy Parmesan Orzo
photo by ChefLee
- Ready In:
- Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add orzo and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Stir in broth and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed, and orzo is done, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat; stir in cheese, basil, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with pine nuts. Serve immediately.
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Great recipe! I modified it a bit to fit ingredients we had on hand - substituted shallots for onions, some water with boullion flavoring for chicken broth, and white cheddar for the cheese. We also added mushrooms (while cooking shallots & garlic) and a bit of julienned spinach at the end giving it some nice color and texture. Our entire family *loved* it - kids included. Definitely not the last time this dish will grace our table. Thank You!
This was great and really easy to make. I cook orzo often but usually as part of a main dish with some kind of meat. I had never thought of it as a potential side-dish until now. It's faster and easier than rice and tastes wonderful. I substituted fresh parsley instead of basil (personal preference) and sliced almonds instead of pine nuts as I didn't have any and it worked really well.
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