parmesan & basil orzo

Parmesan & Basil Orzo

Cheesy orzo with fresh basil makes a great side dish with chicken, fish, or beef. This is a great warm side dish for spring or summer.

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This is a great recipe for fresh basil. My boyfriend has a few basil plants, so it was nice to be able to go right outside and clip off some leaves. This is also a really good recipe for summer. It’s still a warm side, but it’s also very light. We had this with the grilled chicken caprese.

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Parmesan & Basil Orzo

Cheesy orzo with fresh basil makes a great side dish with chicken, fish, or beef.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orzo recipe, orzo side dish
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • ½ cup orzo
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cube chicken or vegetable bullion
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese (plus more for garnish)
  • 6 leaves fresh basil chopped

Instructions

  • Dissolve chicken bullion in 1 cup hot water and set aside.
  • Preheat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add butter to the pan. Once the butter is melted, add the orzo. 
  • Stir while the dry orzo cooks until it’s toasted and slightly golden. 
  • Add the bullion mixture and garlic powder. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer. 
  • Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the orzo is has a firm chewy texture.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in basil and parmesan.

Notes

See “How to Chiffonade Basil” from The Kitchn. 

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