Savory Orzo

Savory Orzo

Greetings from the long lost blogger 🙂

It has been REALLY cold here in Michigan.  Last week we were down to -25 with the wind chill.  It’s been a really strange Fall and Winter so far.  We had a wind storm that whipped through the area leaving hundreds of downed trees and power lines.  We lost power for 3 days, but thankfully didn’t have any structural damage.  We’ve had a LOT of snow and ice.  The kids have had school cancelled more times than has been allotted for the whole year.
Today, however it is a balmy 33 degrees!

We’ve eaten a lot of our favorite recipes lately without much experimenting with new ones.  The one I have to share with you today has become an instant favorite with the whole family.  It is easy to make and uses ingredients I always have on hand.  Give it a try and come back to let me know what you think!

I love the little orzo pasta.  In this recipe it makes a delicious side dish.  It can also be used in soups, casseroles, etc.  It cooks up fast and is a great alternative to rice.

Savory Orzo
Recipe type: Side Dish
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This Savory Orzo became and instant favorite with my family. It's a great side dish and could be made into a main dish by adding cooked cubed chicken.
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1½ Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 cup orzo pasta, dry
  • 1¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp basil
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (I like Lowry's)
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Saute garlic and onion until soft.
  2. Add orzo and stir for about 2 minutes or until toasted.
  3. Add broth, basil, and garlic salt and bring to a boil.
  4. Continue stirring occasionally until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15-20 min.
  5. Stir in Parmesan cheese and serve.