A few weeks ago, Christina at This Woman Cooks, posted a link to her Cheesy Parmesan Orzo on It’s a Keeper Thursday. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to try it! It looked so cheesy and good. Plus, she said it was super easy.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for new side dishes that I can add to my weeknight dinner arsenal. I mean, c’mon, we love brown rice as much as the next guy, but one can only eat so much before it gets bor-ring! Needless to say, this recipe caught my attention so I thought I would test it out for all of my faithful readers!
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Adapted from This Woman Cooks
1 cup orzo
1 Tbsp butter
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
1 tsp garlic powder
Fresh chopped parsley for garnish
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
In a small saucepan combine the orzo and butter. Melt the butter and stir regularly, lightly toasting the orzo. Pour in the broth and add garlic powder. Heat over low heat, stirring regularly, until all of the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the cheese until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle parsley over top if desired .
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Go a head. Hit the “print this” button above. You’ll definitely want to keep a copy of this recipe handy. This wonderful recipe reminded me of risotto (without all of the work!). It was so creamy and cheesy. And, the texture is even similar! A perfect side dish for most any meal! And, it didn’t require a lot (or any) fussing. It was even good reheated – according to my husband who got called out to work before he could eat his dinner.
Christina mentioned in her post that it’s important that you cook this dish over low heat. Otherwise, the orzo will cook too fast and won’t absorb all of the liquid. Mine took about 20 minutes over low heat and it came out perfectly!
This recipe is exactly why I love hosting It’s a Keeper Thursday every week! There are so many great recipes shared by cooks around the country and around the globe! I’m adding this recipe to my collection and will be making again and again! I highly recommend giving it a try! Thanks for sharing, Christina!
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Hi! I'm Christina, the chief cook and bottle washer at It's a Keeper. I love to cook and am a self proclaimed recipe hoarder who reads cook books cover to cover like most people read a juicy novel. Join me as I cook and bake my way through the pile of recipes that I've collected. Read more.
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