Parmesan Garlic Orzo

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Parmesan garlic orzo is rich, creamy, and garlicky — the ultimate cheesy delight. Check all the boxes by making this easy, family-friendly perfection in just 15 minutes. Each bite bursts with velvety goodness that leaves you wanting more.

Parmesan Garlic orzo with extra cheese on top.

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Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner idea or planning a special meal for guests, parmesan garlic orzo will impress every single person. The parsley, garlic, and parmesan is a good recipe if you want to make something quick and easy.

If you want a good source of carbohydrates, try cheesy orzo and enjoy it in many different ways.

If you’re looking for more pasta recipes, try Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad, Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta, and Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole.

A forkful of the dish.

Why We Love This One-Pot Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo Recipe

The simplicity of the ingredients allows their natural goodness to shine through, creating a harmony that is both comforting and indulgent. Parmesan orzo is a quick and creamy side dish that tastes absolutely amazing.

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  • 15-Minute Meal: This quick and easy side dish is ready in 15 minutes so you don’t have to stress.
  • Easy Ingredients: Find mostly all these ingredients in your pantry so you don’t have to even leave your house.
  • Family Friendly: This becomes an instant favorite side dish that everyone loves because of the delicious flavors.
  • Adaptable: Make this recipe gluten-free or low-carb. Serve alongside chicken.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Use leftovers to add to grilled chicken or mix in vegetables to turn this perfect side dish into a main dish. This garlic and parmesan cheese recipe does reheat well.

Ingredient Notes for Garlic Parmesan Orzo Recipe

Orzo, parmesan cheese, fresh herbs and butter.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated parmesan is important, so do not use canned or shredded because they often have stabilizers. Your family will love this parmesan orzo.
  • Orzo: Orzo is a small, oval-shaped pasta that resembles grains of rice and is great to use because it cooks really quickly.

See my recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions for Garlic and Parmesan Orzo

This great recipe takes the humble orzo pasta to a whole new level of deliciousness. Everyone simply loves the versatility Orzo offers. Makes the perfect side dish.

  • Whole Grain or Gluten Free: To fit your needs, use whole grain or gluten-free orzo.
  • Different Pasta: Don’t have orzo on hand? Ditalini, stelline, fregola, or couscous are all great substitutes because they are small in shape.
  • Vegetables: Roasted vegetables like asparagus, mushrooms, peas, and spinach are great to add because they taste great and will make this dish heartier.

How to Make Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo

This delectable dish is heavenly for all cheese lovers out there. Freshly grated parmesan cheese is the best because it adds an extra layer of richness and flavor. Top with salt and pepper so it tastes like risotto.

These are the basic steps for making garlic parmesan orzo. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Browning the orzo in a pan with garlic and butter.

Step 1: Combine

First, add the orzo and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. This will add a nutty flavor to the toasted orzo.

Step 2: Melt and Toast

Next, stir occasionally on medium heat. Toasting the orzo will really enhance the flavor.

Step 3: Cook and Stir

Then, add the chicken broth and garlic and cook the pasta over low heat to simmer while stirring regularly until the pasta liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the bottom.

Adding the broth, the herbs and the cheese to the pan.

Step 4: Add Cheese

Next, when the pasta is cooked, remove it from heat and stir in the parmesan cheese until melted.

Step 5: Season Pasta with Salt and Black Pepper

Season with salt and pepper.

Step 6: Garnish

Finally, garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley on top and serve.

Recipe FAQs for Parmesan Garlic Orzo

No. Orzo traditionally includes gluten, but gluten-free options are available in the grocery stores.

Yes. Orzo contains fewer carbohydrates than rice and also contains more fiber and protein.

Orzo, a pasta resembling rice in appearance, is made from whole grain, semolina or white flour. I love the versatility orzo offers and one of my favorite ways to make it.

Sometimes. For this recipe, it does not need to be rinsed because the thin layer of starch will help the cheesy sauce stick. Only rinse orzo when baking or serving as a cold salad.

Yes. Use cauliflower rice or broccoli rice so this side contains less carbs.

Store the leftover cheesy pasta dish in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Add a splash of heavy cream, half and half or chicken stock when reheating. Follow the same process if storing it in the freezer. Thaw the orzo first.

A complete parmesan garlic orzo.

Expert Tips for Making This Orzo Pasta Recipe

With its creamy texture, rich parmesan flavor, and just the right amount of garlic, this quick side dish is sure to become an instant favorite.

  • Add Meat: Toss in chicken breast, sausage, or seafood so this garlic parmesan orzo recipe transforms into a main dish. Shrimp or beef is great too.
  • Al Dente: Cook the orzo for 8-10 minutes so your pasta doesn’t overcook.
  • Hot or Cold: Serve this yumminess hot or cold, so it is easy to take to a party or a friend’s house.
  • Minced Garlic: Even though the recipe calls for garlic powder, minced garlic is fragrant with lots of flavor.

What to Serve with Orzo Side Dish

This recipe would be great served with the following:

Parmesan Garlic orzo with extra cheese on top.
5 from 22 votes

Parmesan Garlic Orzo

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Parmesan garlic orzo is rich, creamy and garlicky — the ultimate cheesy delight. Check all the boxes by making this easy, family-friendly perfection in just 15 minutes. Each bite bursts with velvety goodness that leaves you wanting more.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Orzo
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 ¾ cups Chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic powder
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt and pepper, each
  • Fresh parsley, garnish

Instructions

  • First, add the orzo and butter in a large skillet.
  • Next, melt the butter and stir occasionally to lightly toast the orzo.
  • Then, add the chicken broth and garlic powder in a pot. Heat over low heat to simmer while stirring regularly until the pasta absorbs all the liquid.
  • Cook 8-10 minutes or until al dente.
  • Next, stir in the parmesan cheese until melted.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Finally, garnish fresh parsley on top and serve.

Expert Tips

With its creamy texture, rich parmesan flavor, and just the right amount of garlic, this quick side dish is sure to become an instant favorite.
  • Add Meat: Toss in chicken breast, sausage or seafood so this garlic parmesan orzo recipe transforms into a main dish. Shrimp or beef is great too.
  • Al Dente: Cook orzo 8-10 minutes so your pasta doesn’t overcook.
  • Hot or Cold: Serve this yumminess hot or cold, so it is easy to take to a party or a friend’s house.
  • Minced Garlic: Even though the recipe calls for garlic powder, minced garlic is fragrant with lots of flavor.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

13 thoughts on “Parmesan Garlic Orzo”

    • It’s really easy to make and so versatile! It’s my go-to side dish! And, my little guy loves it, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Maddie had been complaining of stomach aches for several months. Dr Ross tested her for allergies and she was fine for everything. So last weekend I decided to go gluten free with her. I’m sort of doing it too. Not hard since I gave up bread for lent. Since I love your recipes so much I’ll be altering them for her new diet. I only cook one dinner, so we’re all doing it to some extent. I’ll let you know how I’m doing.

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  2. I’ve made a version of this before that included fresh basil (or several of the frozen cubes from Trader Joe’s, that’s what I had). Super delicious!

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  3. This looks totally stellar. I’d probably add a dash of lemon juice just to cut the creaminess – but I’m a lemon fiend so maybe that’s just me? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Either way I’m making this! I’ll pin it so I can refer back later… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I’ve had this recipe pinned on Pinterest for a couple weeks now, just waiting for the right time to try it. It’s actually on my menu for later this week. Now I really can’t wait to give it a try!

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  5. Yay I’m so glad you liked it Christina! I made it again last night and you’re right, it really does remind me of risotto!

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