Cheesy Pasta with Basil

    30 min

    Everyone will love this pasta dish - it's fresh and packed full of flavour. It's also quick and easy to make. Orzo pasta is tossed with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 30g butter
    • 200g uncooked orzo pasta
    • 415ml chicken stock
    • 40g grated Parmesan cheese
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • basil sprigs, as needed

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Melt butter in heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Stir in orzo and saute until lightly browned.
    2. Stir in chicken stock and bring to the boil. Cover. Reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.
    3. Mix in Parmesan cheese and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to shallow bowl. Garnish with basil sprigs.

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    This is one of the most perfect side dishes I have ever made. I do what the recipe states except I do not add any basil. While the orzo is cooking in the chicken broth I saute 8 oz of sliced mushrooms in olive oil, set aside in a bowl and then saute an entire bag, maybe 10 oz of baby spinach in olive oil for maybe 30 seconds and then when the orzo is done cooking I mix it altogether and add the parm cheese. I make this with any meat and it is always LOVED.  -  27 Jun 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very good recipe with marvelous flavor. I did note that I needed a 1/2 can more of chicken broth to finish cooking the orzo. Served with Roasted Chicken and a Orange, Walnut, Gorgonzola and Mixed Greens Salad with Fresh Citrus Vinaigrette from this site.  -  29 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Hubby said, "Too much cheese"--yet cleaned his plate. I thought it was SO good, and wished he WOULD have left it on his plate so I could have ate it since I only made enough for two servings. Just delicious.  -  21 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)