Creamy Parmesan Orzo

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)
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 236
  • Calories from fat: 24%
  • Fat: 6.4g
  • Saturated fat: 3.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.8g
  • Protein: 9.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 34.8g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg
  • Iron: 1.8mg
  • Sodium: 412mg
  • Calcium: 82mg

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

  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.
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