Parmesan & Basil Toasted Orzo

Orzo, also risoni, is a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice. Orzo can be served alone, as a soup accompaniment, as part of a salad or pilaf or baked in a casserole.

Lighten It Up

Orzo is commonly made from white flour, but it can be made from whole-grain flour as well, making it a healthier pasta option. A two oz. serving of orzo is 200 calories. This small pasta is a good source of carbohydrates; one serving of orzo contains 42 grams of carbohydrates and two grams of fiber.

Eat This With That

Toasting your orzo, as I have for this recipe, gives it a nutty flavor.  This dish is great on it’s own, but goes well with Salmon or chicken dishes.

Parmesan & Basil Toasted Orzo

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Yields: 4 Servings


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil  plus 2 more tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  •  salt and pepper to taste
  •  salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in orzo and satueed until lightly browned. Stir in chicken stock and bring to boil. Cover. Reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 - 20 minutes.
  2. Mix in Parmesan and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to shallow bowl. Garnish with basil sprigs.

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