Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

"A great side dish and so simple to prepare. Recipe found on Allrecipes."
photo by limeandspoontt photo by limeandspoontt
photo by limeandspoontt
photo by Autumneyes photo by Autumneyes
photo by Bonnie G #2 photo by Bonnie G #2
photo by limeandspoontt photo by limeandspoontt
photo by limeandspoontt photo by limeandspoontt
Ready In:




  • Melt butter in heavy skillet over medium high heat.
  • Stir in orzo and saute until lightly browned.
  • Stir in chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Mix in parmesan cheese and basil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Questions & Replies

default avatar
Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Sky Hostess
    Thank you for posting my new favorite side dish! This was DELISH! DH and I both loved it. I did as another posted and added about 3 Tbsp diced onion and about 1 clove minced garlic before adding the pasta. I also only used 1 Tbsp butter (just trying to cut back where I can). Used fresh basil from the garden. Love the texture of this and the parm makes it extra extra creamy! This is definitely a keeper for us. Thanks for posting!
  2. wanderineyees
    I took some notes from other reviewers and sautéed green onion and garlic before adding the orzo. I’m not a huge basil fan so I used half the suggested basil because I’m not a fan. Also added quartered cherry tomatoes. Super easy and delicious.
  3. Kristine R.
    YUM! My parmesan (big wedge from Costco) is pretty salty so I didn't need any additional salt. Added garlic because I had some extra already chopped. Making it again tonight for a party to serve as side with Tri Tip. Thanks!
  4. StacyMD187373
    Delicious! I didn't have fresh basil and had to sub dried and it was still really good! I always forget how much I like orzo. Thanks for a good recipe!
  5. Tys Kitchen
    August 6, 2012 - Delicious and easy - will make again.<br/><br/>Updated: Made a few times and continues to be a winner. Even made it without the cheese (was out) and although it tasted different it was still yummy.


I live in upstate New York. I am retired and now have time to enjoy my children, my grandchildren and great grandchildren.
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes