Garlic Parmesan Orzo


I have recently started loving making orzo. It reminds me of rice but it’s heartier and it holds sauces better. This Garlic Parmesan Orzo came out perfectly and was a perfect addition to dinner. It’s also great that this is pretty filling on it’s own so you can make this alone and have a lovely meal.


  • 2 cups orzo
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil



  1. Cook Orzo

    Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add orzo and lightly saute till toasted and golden. Add stock 1/2 cup at a time until all in. Stir, bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. Test a few pieces to see if they are softened and fully cooked. If still a little hard, add 1/2 cup of water at a time and continue simmering until orzo is to your liking.

  2. Make Sauce

    Add butter to saucepan on medium heat. Once melted, add onion powder and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 3 minutes. Add milk, cheese and basil. Simmer till thickened and then add to cooked orzo. Serve.

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