Creamy Parmesan Orzo

recipe
Make a creamy pasta side dish by slowly cooking orzo in a simmering broth. Add flavor with Parmesan cheese, fresh basil and pine nuts.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional 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

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

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.

Maureen Callahan,

Cooking Light

March 2004
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