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.
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.