Nice and cheesy with some peas thrown in for good measure, this quick and easy Creamy Parmesan Orzo will be your new favorite addition to dinner!
I’m always looking for new ideas for dinnertime side dishes. Sometimes it’s easy for me to think of a main course, only to struggle thinking about what to serve with it. In order to get out of the side dish slump, today I’m sharing this Creamy Parmesan Orzo recipe. When Kevin and Emily both request seconds, I know it’s a recipe I need to share!
What are some of your favorite side dishes to serve with dinner? My usual go-to sides are a salad, steamed broccoli or some type of rice. While all are fine choices, it tends to get a little monotonous, especially if you’re my husband who isn’t the biggest broccoli fan. Sorry honey 🙂
I’ve made something similar to this in the past, but since I’m always looking at recipes it can be easy to forget some of them! When I saw a similar recipe in Food Network Magazine, I was reminded of how much I liked this dish and decided to pull it out of the depths of my saved recipe pile. Do you have one of those? Mine seems to be ever growing – yikes!
This orzo dish is made sort of like risotto, but without quite so much laboring over the stove. The end result is nothing short of fabulous. It’s creamy and cheesy like risotto, with some bright peas thrown in to up the veggie factor. Kevin and Emily loved it, which is the biggest “will I make again” question to answer with everything I make. The overall answer with this one – it’s a keeper!
If you’ve been in a side dish slump like I’ve been lately or are just looking for something new to try, I suggesting giving this recipe a whirl. I think it’ll be a winner for your family too 🙂 #winner
- 1 Tbs. oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1½ cups orzo pasta
- 3¼ cups chicken broth (low sodium)*
- 1 cup peas (left frozen is fine)
- ⅓ cup parmesan cheese**
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook for 3-5 minutes, until wilted. Add the minced garlic and cook another 30 seconds - 1 minute.
- Stir in the orzo pasta and toast for a minute or two, stirring frequently.
- Slowly pour in the chicken broth and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for about 10-12 minutes, until the liquid is almost absorbed.
- Turn off the heat. Stir in the cheese and peas, cover and let set for 2 minutes.
- Top with additional cheese, if desired and serve.
**Shredded yourself from a block of parmesan is preferred for optimal cheesiness 🙂
*Recipe adapted from Food Network