Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Parmesan Basil Orzo

I would like to share a recipe with you. I originally found this recipe on I have changed it so much that I will just share my recipe with you. You can find original recipe HERE.
If you are not familiar with Orzo it is very similar in size to rice. In fact it even looks rice. It is actually a small pasta. You can find it at your grocery store in the pasta section.
You will love this served as a side dish with your favorite meal. My kids love it. Recipe below:

Parmesan Basil Orzo
2 Tbsp butter (I like to use real butter)
1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1/2 cup grated parmesan (the kind in the shaker can)
1 tsp traditional basil pesto -(you can find this with the spaghetti sauces at your grocery store)
salt and pepper to taste (I usually don't because the pesto is full of flavor)
fresh basil as garnish, if desired.

Melt butter in heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in orzo and saute until lightly browned.

Stir in chicken stock and bring to boil. Cover. Reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 - 20 minutes.

Mix in Parmesan cheese and basil pesto. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to shallow bowl. Garnish with basil sprigs.
Enjoy! -Karol


K :) Family Historian said...

Came across your blog via "Just a Girl" blog. Really enjoyed reading through your posts and was especially interested that we share the same first name with a "K". Fun!

Deb said...

Looks delicious! I will have to try this.


laura said...

I came across your blog from the "Nesting Place" and I just had to comment on this recipe. It looks so yummy. My kids have recently discovered they love orzo and I think they would love this. This is going on our menu for next week. Thanks so much :o)

Connie said...

Looks so delicious-- what a clever person you are.
I love your site and the photography is superb ! have slowly slipped away from cooking and would like to resume. (I think). more fun when it's for a crowd.
I enjoy your blog very much.

Rachel said...

you have a lovely blog here :)

and YUM recipe :)

Anne Fannie said...

Hi, I just came across your blog from another's. What a yummy recipe, I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing!
Love, Ann

Michelle said...

Hi Karol,

I came across your blog from Lynn's blog To those who endure. I've always admired your graphics. I'm especially admiring that recipe too! =) I will have to try it.

Thanks so much for sharing!


Katy said...

How nice! Does it just taste like pasta too then? Is it healthy?

J Leigh said...

loving this recipe, also loving that placemat!

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