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Creamy Parmesan Orzo
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4.63 from 16 votes

Creamy Parmesan Orzo Recipe

This creamy parmesan orzo is a quick and easy side dish packed with lots of flavor, and of course, cheese
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 274kcal


  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk I used whole
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped


  • In a large pot of boiling water, cook orzo according to the package's directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet set over medium heat add the butter. When the butter has melted, add the garlic and shallot, cook until fragrant and translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Whisk in flour, cook for 1 minute (whisking continuously). Slowly whisk in the milk, cook until slightly thickened, about 4 minutes.
  • Stir in parmesan and season with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Add orzo and cook for an additional minute. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.


-You could easily swap out the parsley for fresh basil.


Serving: 4serving | Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 505mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 1mg