March 9, 2012
If you’re like me, you may tend to get stumped when trying to find a side dish to serve with dinner. With my house of picky eaters, we tend to get in a rut with the same old sides, so I’m always trying to find ways to spruce them up.
You may remember my love affair with orzo, from the Spinach Lemon Orzo Soup I made a while back.
I still can’t get enough of the stuff.
During the week I also want sides that are quick and easy to whip up, which is why I LOVE fixing this orzo dish.
Just simmer in a little broth, throw some of your favorite cheese in at the end and season with a little salt and pepper. It’s also really easy to throw some herbs in while the orzo is simmering, to change the flavor up a bit.
This is pure comfort food for me!
Easy Cheesy Orzo
(Yield: 4 servings) Printable Recipe
16(oz) chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup orzo pasta
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
Add broth to a medium pan and bring to a boil. Add the orzo, cover pot and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until liquid is absorbed and pasta tender. Watch the pasta during the last few minutes, if too much liquid has evaporated, you can add a few tablespoons more of broth. When pasta is done remove the lid and stir in the cheese. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Tip: For added flavor, you can stir your favorite fresh herbs into the orzo while simmering.
Serve hot and enjoy!