Orzo and Potato Parmesan

"A nicely seasoned side dish which I particularly like as it has more substance than just orzo alone."
 
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Ready In:
30mins
Ingredients:
11
Serves:
4
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ingredients

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directions

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Season the mixture with the basil, oregano, salt and pepper (remember the parmesan will also add saltiness).
  • Add the water to the pan and bring to a boil.
  • 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).
  • Stir in the parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

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Reviews

  1. Boomette
    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
     
  2. Julie F
    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!
     
  3. AZPARZYCH
    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.
     
  4. pattikay in L.A.
    This is a great side dish. Easy to put together and a nice combination of pasta and potatoes. I think it would be good with chicken or beef stock replacing the water as well. Thanks for posting!
     
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  1. Boomette
    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
     

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