Parmesan Orzo

This easy Parmesan Orzo is a great and affordable side or meatless main dish. Full of flavor from chicken broth, butter, fresh basil and garlic. 

Parmesan Orzo on a white and green plate with a fork on the side.

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Parmesan Orzo scooped on a fork.

This recipe was photographed and updated 9/2023.

Today's recipe uses some of my favorite ingredients. These are ingredients I have on hand all the time, so I can make it whenever we need something quick.

This simple and absolutely delicious Parmesan Orzo is packed full of flavor. The flavor from the fresh basil and garlic goes so perfectly with the parmesan. The buttery toasted orzo adds it's own level of flavor.

You really can't go wrong with orzo and I think it's something that should and could be incorporated into meals more often. 

It goes great in soups, pasta salads, spinach salads or in a side dish like I'm sharing today. My absolute favorite orzo can be purchased at Trader Joe's. It's super affordable there compared to the other grocery stores in my area. 

Another great thing about this recipe, is that you can customize it so easily. 

Change up the flavor of broth you use, add shredded or finely diced vegetables, add cooked and chopped protein, use different herbs and add some of your favorite seasonings. You can even skip the parmesan cheese for something different, too.

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Recipe tips:

  • I recommend freshly shredded cheese whenever possible for better melt and taste.
  • You can skip browning the pasta, but it does add some additional flavor and helps the pasta from sticking together while cooking.

basil being chopped on a cutting board.

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Parmesan Orzo on a white and green plate with a fork.

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Parmesan Orzo on a white and green plate.
Yield 4 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
20 Min
Total time
25 Min

Parmesan Orzo


  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup orzo pasta
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese


  1. In a medium sized pot, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the orzo and saute, stirring often until it starts to brown. Add the garlic and saute with the orzo for 1 minute.
  2. Add the chicken broth and pepper, then bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, then simmer for about 9-11 minutes, until orzo is tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the basil and parmesan cheese, then remove from heat. Set aside for 2-3 minutes before serving.


Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days.

Nutrition Facts




8.11 g

Sat. Fat

4.84 g


22.16 g


0.97 g

Net carbs

21.19 g


1.24 g


8.85 g


562.85 mg


21.55 mg

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  1. I haven't had Orzo in SO long! this looks so good! I am going to have to make it!

  2. I adore orzo. I think it is absolutely perfect for Easter.

  3. I love orzo too, and this looks perfect for any Easter or holiday spread!

  4. I pretty much love everything about this side dish recipe! The perfect side for Easter dinner! :)

  5. Love it! Orzo is like my absolute favorite side. It is so versatile, easy to cook, and always delicious! Can't ever go wrong with basil and parmesan!!

  6. This recipe is so good! Very flavorful but simple. It's perfect as a lunch, a side, a snack, or even for dinner! I've really enjoyed it.


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