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Creamy Parmesan Orzo

Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)
Make a creamy pasta side dish by slowly cooking orzo in a simmering broth. Add flavor with Parmesan cheese, fresh basil and pine nuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 1/4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons pine nuts, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 236
  • caloriesfromfat 24 %
  • fat 6.4 g
  • satfat 3.2 g
  • monofat 1.8 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 9.9 g
  • carbohydrate 34.8 g
  • fiber 1.7 g
  • cholesterol 12 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 412 mg
  • calcium 82 mg

How to Make It

  1. 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.