If you love creamy risotto, but can't stand the fuss behind making it, this is a great and creamy and easy alternative! A fantastic side dish that goes great with your favorite chicken recipe.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat. When it is not getting any hotter, pour in the olive oil. Add the garlic and onion; cook and stir until tender, about 3 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth, and stir to loosen any bits from the bottom of the pan.

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  • When the broth comes to a boil, stir in the orzo pasta. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until pasta has absorbed all of the liquid. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, especially towards the end. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

Nutrition Facts

476 calories; 15.7 g protein; 79.4 g carbohydrates; 4.9 mg cholesterol; 941.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2009
Never mind the chicken and brussels sprouts I served this with - I could have eaten this all by itself! Five stars for being a good basic recipe to use as a starting point for your own creativity with endless possibilities. What I liked best was not having to boil the orzo first drain it then proceed. I sauteed chopped cremini mushrooms along with the onion and garlic in both olive oil and butter. For a little more dimension in flavor and creaminess I used a mixture of chicken broth cream and a good glug of white wine. In addition to salt and pepper I seasoned this with some fresh thyme. Delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/05/2010
This wasn't awful but it also wasn't anything like risotto. Read More
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132 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 54
  • 4 star values: 60
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2009
Never mind the chicken and brussels sprouts I served this with - I could have eaten this all by itself! Five stars for being a good basic recipe to use as a starting point for your own creativity with endless possibilities. What I liked best was not having to boil the orzo first drain it then proceed. I sauteed chopped cremini mushrooms along with the onion and garlic in both olive oil and butter. For a little more dimension in flavor and creaminess I used a mixture of chicken broth cream and a good glug of white wine. In addition to salt and pepper I seasoned this with some fresh thyme. Delicious! Read More
(78)
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2009
Never mind the chicken and brussels sprouts I served this with - I could have eaten this all by itself! Five stars for being a good basic recipe to use as a starting point for your own creativity with endless possibilities. What I liked best was not having to boil the orzo first drain it then proceed. I sauteed chopped cremini mushrooms along with the onion and garlic in both olive oil and butter. For a little more dimension in flavor and creaminess I used a mixture of chicken broth cream and a good glug of white wine. In addition to salt and pepper I seasoned this with some fresh thyme. Delicious! Read More
(78)
Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2006
For a much creamier pasta add 1/2 cup thick cream simmer for at least 3mins. before tossing the other ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2007
YUM!! I omitted the onion and added a dollop of sour cream a splash of milk a Tbs of butter chicken and veggies and this was an awesome dish. Will make again. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2006
This didn't have the creaminess of a typical risotto but it was still very yummy! I added some parm and a bit of fresh chopped raw spinach. I made a whole pound and my family devoured everything but a couple of tablespoons. Thanks Cynthia! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/26/2008
Not a risotto but a good pasta side. The liquid/orzo/time ratios are the key elements. Everything else is open for play. I used half chicken broth half white wine. Added fresh tomatoes (while cooking) and fresh basil and butter (at the end). Served Parm cheese on the side. Nice to be able to put it on and leave it while you're doing a quick steak/chicken breast/fish fillet. My tip: I grate the garlic on a micro plane (instead of mincing) and throw it in with the onion (no chunks of burnt/bitter garlic). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2008
I actually cooked the orzo in 2% milk (with a little white wine and water thrown in for good measure). Added onion a can of stewed tomatoes and some frozen peas. Top with parmesan. This stuff is so good. I served with a basic shrimp scampi and some green beans. 'Twas very well received:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/18/2008
This was very good and I was able to make it using ingredients already on hand. I did modify the recipe by using half chicken broth and half evaporated milk. I added a little more milk to the orzo as it was drying out. I also added parmesan cheese to the top. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2010
omg this was heavenly!! i've never made a homemade risotto because it sounds too labor intensive and i'm more of a quick and easy type of cook:) well this was both and turned out wonderfully. i've also made it will mini pearl pasta which had the same great results. mine is never dry has great flavor and goes with a lot of different types of main dish. thanks for a great stand-by recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2011
Really good and simple My orzo was cooked in less than 15 min. and parm cheese would be a nice variation Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/05/2010
This wasn't awful but it also wasn't anything like risotto. Read More
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