Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

orzo Nothing better than this. Orzo is pasta that looks an awful lot like rice, but it’s sturdier.

It’s a wonderful side for a pork roast or a roasted chicken.

Nice fragrant flavor.

Just good eats.




  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Basil sprigs (optional)


  1. Cook the orzo according to package directions, omitting the salt and fat. Drain
  2. While orzo cooks, heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add lemon rind and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  3. Add orzo, basil, and remaining ingredients; toss well. Garnish with basil, if desired.
  4. Serve immediately.


NOTES: You can easily adapt this as desired to other herbs and even other cheeses.

SOURCE: My Recipes


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