Parmesan and Basil Orzo

Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Food, Side Dishes | 8 comments

Cheesy. Pasta-y. Hints of basil. A perfect summer side dish.

This was very easy to make, which is something I like. It was also very tasty (yes, another thing I like). My kids ate it up, and made a giant mess. I’m really trying to not worry about the food messes though. That’s why we have a dog, right?

Parmesan and Basil Orzo

recipe from Tasty Kitchen


  • 3 T butter
  • 1 & 1/2 cups orzo
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 6 T fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large skillet,  melt butter over medium heat. Add orzo and saute for a few minutes, until the orzo starts to get golden brown.
  2. Add the broth, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until all the broth has absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat, add the basil and Parmesan and salt and pepper.
  4. Enjoy!

— the Jilb

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  1. The problem with orzo is that there’s never enough! Your recipe looks especially scrumptious!

    • Thank you! We actually had leftovers for once in our lives. Probably because I made a gigantic batch and the kids were more into the burgers we were eating with it.

  2. Haha, I totally agree…Kona is our clean-up crew too! I don’t even want to think about how often I’d be on my hands and knees cleaning the floor were it not for him :) This looks delicious and so comforting!

    • I know, right?! Dogs are great for clean-up! I think rice is the worst though. It seems to get everywhere.

      Thanks! It’s definitely comforting. I could eat a whole bowl full and be satisfied!

  3. Wow, that just looks really, really tasty! My mouth is watering and I have every single ingredients on hand. This could get dangerous LOL!

    • Haha! I know. I think you would love it. And it’s pretty good cold, too. So perfect for leftovers!

  4. Silly question maybe, but sauté the uncooked orzo? Then add broth to cook it?

    • Hi Kristy! Sautéing the orzo gives it a nice, nutty flavor. So I like to do that first and then add the broth! :)

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