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
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