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.

How to Make It

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.

Ratings & Reviews

Good orzo dish, but not as creamy as it could be with the base recipe

October 25, 2016
I like this as it is fine.To make it 5 star, I replaced the water with 1 cup 2% milk and removed the pine nuts. Yum. Doesn’t add many calories but definiedly makes it creamier. 

Great side dish

March 29, 2015
I make this often and have served it to guests.  I goes with many different dishes and the family loves it.  So easy to make too!

chuckashay1988's Review

August 12, 2013
Tasty, but the basil was a bit overwhelming, would like to find an herb that I like a little more. I did serve it with the grilled pork chops with shallot butter and it was a nice accompaniment.

McHortonheiser's Review

July 04, 2013
Fabulous! I am not a fan of mac & cheese, but this was a grown up, sophisticated version that had me going back for seconds and thirds. Followed the recipe to a T.

mamanellie's Review

January 10, 2013

suelass's Review

December 01, 2012
cooked for about 10 min and was almost mushy. had to strain it since there was a ton of liquid still in the pan.

jeichner's Review

September 14, 2012
One of my go-to side dishes. I fix this at least twice a month because it goes well with so many things. I do add a bit more cheese than calls for. I also make this without the pine nuts and fresh basil in a pinch, adding those two ingredients put it over the top.

cbenzenhofer's Review

May 17, 2012

Schmatterson8's Review

February 08, 2012
We really liked this! Used dried basil because I didn't have fresh basil handy. Very creamy and delicious .

staceejo's Review

December 01, 2010
This dish is out of this world - you need to try it to believe it. But there's no way a 1/2 cup serving will do it.