Easy Cheesy Orzo

Easy Cheesy Orzo
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 OrzoEasy 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!



Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This sounds lovely!

wendyweekendgourmet said...

I also love orzo...the texture of pasta and the shape of rice! This looks like simple goodness for any type of meat. Can't wait to try this!!

Julia @The Roasted Root said...

Great side dish idea! The texture and flavor of cheesy orzo is one of my favorites. I'd probably make a huge batch of this to have as leftovers and then stick it in the oven with more cheese on top the next day. Can't go wrong with twice-baked extra cheesy orzo. YUM!

Belinda @zomppa said...

I am a huge orzo fan - and this looks like the perfect dish for me!

Anonymous said...

When do you add the orzo ? With the broth or after it comes to a boil?

Unknown said...

Hi there, I've updated the instructions to specify when to add the orzo. Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I am trying this tonight.

Unknown said...

Your welcome! I hope you enjoy it. :)

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Oh, how yummy! I've used Parm,orzo and basil, but I'm loving the cheddar idea...delish!

Emily @ She Makes and Bakes said...

I made this last night, and it was really good. Next time I'm going to try cooking the orzo in a water/milk combo. My husband kept asking the difference between this and risotto and said he likes this one better. Great recipe!

Angie - Big Bears Wife said...

oo Saving this recipe!

Angie - Big Bears Wife said...

oo Saving this recipe!

Stacie said...

I just made this tonight - delicious!

Anonymous said...

This was really good and super easy!! I added Broccoli and Cavender's Greek Seasoning to mix it up.. :)

Gigi said...

I made this tonight and it was delish! Will definitely keep this recipe in rotation...thank you!!

Unknown said...

HI Gigi! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)

Rhonda said...

bought some whole wheat orzo .. do you think it would work??

Unknown said...

Hi Rhonda! Absolutely, whole wheat can be easily substituted. :)

Unknown said...

I've made this twice now...yum!

Unknown said...

I made this tonight and it was awesome! What a quick and simple side dish, but so delicious! Thanks!

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