Monday, February 21, 2011

Creamy Orzo Herb and Parmesan


I double this recipe......

Creamy Orzo Herb and Parmesan

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup orzo
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic or powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper,( cayenne optional)
4 teaspoons pine nuts, toasted (I melt a teaspoon of butter in a small glass bowl and add the pine nuts for around two minutes till browned)

Preparation
Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add orzo, and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in broth and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and orzo is done (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in cheese, basil, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with the pine nuts. Serve immediately

44 comments:

Sandra said...

Wonderful looking Orzo! I am planing to make something like this for a while now..and will have to try this recipe!

Kathy Gori said...

Looks great Claudia. I've never cooked orzo before, it seems to resemble risotto. I'd love to try making this.

Melynda said...

Except for throwing some into soup at the last minute, I have never cooked this little cutie. And to make matters worse, I purchased another bag to use for a dish like this and dropped it and it split and the contents went everywhere and then into the garbage. So back to the store because this looks delicious.

Marina said...

Oh, this looks so tasteful that I am already hungry :)

ARLENE said...

I'm making wedding soup with orzo today, but will have half a box. Will try this risotto-like dish as a side later in the week. Wonderful recipe.

Patti said...

This looks delicious! What a fabulous side dish!

Belinda said...

Such an orzo fan - love this creamy delightful version. Will save this recipe for sure.

Blackswan said...

Thks for introducing me to Orzo! Mmm... must start looking for this :)

Shelby said...

I love orzo, one of my favorite pastas!

Pam said...

WOW!!! It looks delicious! I love orzo and have to try making it now. Thanks for the recipe!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

I just love the roasted pine nuts in this dish.

Claudia said...

I am loving this preparation - the cheese and herbs just show off the orzo.

Rosemary said...

Orzo's one of my favorites. This dish looks so mouthwaternigly creamy. Great photos -- I almost opened my mouth for the spoon!

Kudos Kitchen said...

This looks delicious! I add pine nuts to just about everything these days so orzo with parmesan and pine nuts has my name written all over it. YUMMY!

Torviewtoronto said...

yummy yummy love the flavours in this dish

ravienomnoms said...

That looks fantastic! Orzo is one of my favorite things to have with just about any meal. So good...

FOODESSA said...

I could only wonder why I haven't got around to buying Orzo? I have so many grains in my pantry...one more wouldn't hurt ;o)

Thanks for the nudge,
Claudia

Anu Santanu said...

Lovely recipe, never tried to cook Orzo..Will def try this recipe..

Cheryl and Adam said...

Such a simple, quick and tasty dish! Love this!

Lizzy said...

Oh, Claudia, I love, love this orzo! I've made something similar and am just lucky enough to have some fresh basil in the kitchen. YUM!

wendyweekendgourmet said...

I have everything in my kitchen to make this...can't WAIT! Simple ingredients make the best side dishes...think I'll serve with some pan-seared chicken breast and a nice salad!

Sunshine said...

lovely Orzo! looks so savory.. saving your recipe to give a try.

Reeni said...

Parmesan Orzo is one of my favorites! Love it with the pine nuts!

cake said...

Yummy! This looks so flavorful and i absolutely love pine nuts in recipes :D
-abeer @ www.cakewhiz.com

5 Star Foodie said...

Delicious looking orzo, love the addition of toasted pine nuts here!

ChefBlogDigest said...

I am really fun of reading your post.

I will surely try this in my kitchen.

denise fletcher said...

You know Claudia, I've never had orzo and I'm reading your recipe and trying to imagine chewing on orzo right now LOL I do like the flavours here and the texture is really intriguing to me!

Emily Malloy said...

Boy oh boy this looks good!

Cookin' Canuck said...

I would double this recipe, too. It looks so flavorful!

Elisabeth said...

Claudia-I just love, love, your orzo dish with the herbs, and Parmesan. Such beautiful and large photos of it as well. It makes me want to take that fork of the yummy goodness!
Your photos are getting better, and better...and even if not, your recipes, are always a WINNER!
Thanks for sharing, yet again, another delicious recipe!

Chris's Gourmet Fashion said...

My husband loves orzo but it's been a long time since we last made it. Quick, simple and nutritious. Will definitely try it!

Ann said...

This looks so creamy and delicious. I love the looks of it!

Tammy said...

I love orzo! This looks so wonderful and divine!

xx,
Tammy

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! This looks just amazing, bookmarking this recipe.

redkathy said...

What else can be said about this amazing dish? Orzo is versatile and wonderful isn't it. Very nice display too Claudia. Love the photo post on FB, up close and personal just begging to be eaten!

Victoria said...

This is a fantastic side dish. I love orzo but don't utilize it enough.

tartedujour said...

Rich and creamy goodness! This looks spectacular!

Priya's Feast said...

Wow..Awesome click..luv to follow ur italian recipes..

stamatov said...

mmmm I love orzo! This reminds me I need to make it soon. I normally throw it into soups and forget to make it on its own.

Patsyk said...

Orzo is a favorite of mine... and I love the way you've prepared it here. Looks like a fabulous side dish to accompany almost anything!

Magic of Spice said...

I love orzo...beautiful recipe Claudia :)

Magic of Spice said...

I love orzo...beautiful recipe Claudia :)

alison said...

a beautiful orzo,looks so tasty!

roz said...

I'm now in the mood for a platter of delicious orzo - - especially made with parmesan and herbs! Delicious Claudia!