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Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo

Blossom Lady
Apr 12, 2024 10:12 AM
Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo

This Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo can be on your table in 15 minutes! While it’s perfect as a side dish, I prefer this as a meal on its own because it’s cheesy, creamy and really hits the spot.

I love cooking with orzo not only because it’s pasta, and hello, I’m a pasta lover, but simply because it’s really quick to cook. Quicker than rice. So if you’re in a time crunch and need a side dish that doesn’t require a lot of fuss but still want it to be delicious and impressive, orzo is your friend.

In case you’re wondering, orzo is a small cut pasta that tastes heavenly in creamy dishes just like the one I’m writing out for you all today. It packs some good protein and pairs well with a good variety of veggies. This dish is absolutely divine as a side dish to many an entrees, I find I’m just as happy to eat it as it’s own rich meal!

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 cups orzo (dry)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1½ cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)

Prep Time:
5 minutes
Cook Time:
10 minutes
Total Time:
15 minutes
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