I love having recipes that I can make using a few simple ingredients that I always have on-hand. It makes it so much easier and stress-free when I'm menu planning.
This easy side is made with orzo - a rice pasta. It can be cooked just like it sounds: like rice or like pasta. This particular recipe cooks it just like rice, but it still has the texture of a delicious, easy pasta.
Feel free to change it up and use what you have on hand. For example, I didn't have parmesan or basil in the fridge, so I used parsley and mozzarella. It was still amazing! Once you get the basic technique down, you can make it your own using what you like and what you have.
Creamy Parmesan Orzo
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup orzo
1¼ cups chicken broth
1¼ cups water
¼ cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add orzo, and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly until orzo smells nutty and is slightly toasted. 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.