Orzo with Parmesan and Basil


This Parmesan orzo is a simple recipe that everyone loves. For a quick Mediterranean macaroni and cheese, omit the basil. It is easily doubled, too!

close up view of Orzo with Parmesan and Basil in a cast iron skillet with a wooden spoon
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


  1. Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in orzo and sauté until lightly browned.

  2. Stir in chicken broth and bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Mix in Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup chopped basil. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a shallow bowl and garnish with remaining basil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

299 Calories
9g Fat
42g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 299
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 197mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 130mg 10%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 107mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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