I love orzo pasta and I really don’t make it often enough. When on the search for side dishes at Allrecipes.com, I found a recipe for Orzo with Parmesan and Basil. This is a quick and easy to throw together, and with the right ingredients mixed in, it is super flavorful! When I told Grumpy I was making orzo his first assumption when he saw the package it came in was I was making rice. About the only rice he cares to eat is fried rice! I explained it was a type of pasta and that made things better
This was the perfect side dish for the sirloin I broiled for Grumpy, served with roasted asparagus and sauteed steak mushrooms with a couple shakes of mushroom soy sauce. Perfect comfort dinner for a nasty weather day.
The next time you want a pasta side dish, instead of reaching for those pre-packaged, full of who knows what side dishes, think about this one. It takes very little time and is so much tastier and better for you
Cheesy Orzo Pasta with Basil
adapted slightly from allrecipes.com
1 cup orzo pasta
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 cups vegetable broth (you can use whatever flavor broth you prefer)
1 cup shredded asiago cheese (I use a microplane zester and get a fine shred. If you are doing a coarser shred you may want to use less cheese)
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
Melt butter in heavy skillet. Once hot, add orzo and toast until pasta starts to brown. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer about 15 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and pasta is cooked. Stir in cheese and basil. Serve.