Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

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I have probably told you this story before but I’m gonna tell you again. When my BFF Malina was turning 12, I had my first bowl of orzo. I didn’t expect it to be that good, I thought is was just plain old boring pasta that looked like rice, but I was wrong!!! It was covered in butter and it was awesome!! After that I started eating it a lot. At all our sleep overs we would make like 2 cups of orzo and cover it in butter and Parmesan cheese. I ate that when ever I had orzo. Then I got into my older age and I decided to make other things with orzo. Depending on what I made, I would put different stuff in my orzo. I made this in the summer time and I wanted to add a herb for freshness so I threw in some minced basil. But in needed something else. I made this on a Thursday, I go food shopping every Saturday so we were a little low on food, so I kinda just threw in Parmesan cheese, but it tasted good! Its had the hint of freshness and cheese, everything is better with cheese!! There are a few things that make everything better food wise, cheese, chocolate, and rainbow sprinkles!! I love rainbow sprinkles, its makes it so pretty!!! Anyway………………

Its fall. I think, is it fall yet? Maybe its not, I don’t know. But its almost fall (if its not already) then it will be winter, you need warm food besides soup!!! But I am excited to share my soup recipes with you!!! I have some amazing soups that have been in my family for over 60 years!!! Okay, but I am  saying that this is warm and this is!! Well, actually it can be served warm or cold. If you want to serve it cold you can add some more veggies and make a  orzo salad. I will post a recipe for that after

Can dogs get excited over food? I’m not even kiddng when ever I make this, my dog Buster stops what he is doing, and runs over, I’m not kidding!!! Come over, I’ll prove it. He loves Parmesan cheese, maybe that is why. OMG, we got a bone maker!!! I have been making homemade bones!!! My favorite are these ones that make his breath smell like mint!! I’m dead serious his breath smells awful!!

Oh I forgot to tell you, you can eat this with chicken, lamb shanks,l and a few beef dishes. There are probably some other things to you could eat it with, that is just what I thought of at the top of my head


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can of chicken stock
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup and a tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons basil, minced


  1. Melt butter in heavy skillet over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the orzo and saute until lightly browned.
  3. Stir in chicken stock and bring to boil. Cover. Reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender  about 15 – 20 minutes.
  4. Mix in Parmesan cheese and basil. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Put into bowl and garnish with left over basil

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