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Parmesan Orzo Side Dish

Need a new side dish idea? This quick and easy Parmesan Orzo is cheesy, hearty, and always a crowd favorite. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Easy Side Dish, orzo, Parmesan Orzo
Servings: 6
Calories: 167kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup orzo pasta uncooked
  • 14½ ounces chicken broth
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon dried basil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add pasta and saute until lightly browned (about 3-5 minutes).
  • Stir in chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, then cover and let it cook (stirring occasionally) until liquid is absorbed and orzo is tender, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Mix in parmesan cheese, basil, and salt and pepper. Serve warm.


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 413mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 1mg