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

Chessy Orzo!!!

One of my favorite sides is orzo. I love how it has the texture of rice but the flavor of pasta. I got into orzo by my BFF Maina. On her 12th birthday, she had a family party at her grandparents house and invited me. Her grandma made orzo and everybody was eating it but me, I didn’t know what it was but Malina told me to try some. I did, and It was like love at first sight. It was amazing!! As soon as I got home I was looking up recipes. For the next week, I was eating  orzo every day. My favorite recipe was this. It was seasoned so well, its delicious. I couldn’t believe how good it was!  It was cheesy and yummy and OMG my mouth is watering just talking about it. It is sooooooooooooo good. Malina and me have our heart set on orzo, we love it so much and this sets it. With the Fresh Parmesan cheese and the garlic powder, it is amazing that few ingredients could go such a long way!
Like rice and pasta, there are thousands of ingredients and flavors you could pair with orzo and finding it isn’t a walk in the park.  But I like to think about it as, “what would I pair with pasta” because orzo has the flavor of pasta, I think cheese. Then the pieces just fall into place. It works,  that is how I came up with most recipes on this blog!
I am trying to post a lot of recipes today so g2g bye!
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp of Pepper 
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup uncooked, orzo pasta
  • 1 cup water
  1. Melt 1/2 the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Mix in orzo, and remaining butter. Cook and stir 5 minutes, until butter is melted 
  2. Pour the water  into a skillet, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Put in orzo,Cook 7 to 10 minutes, Stir in Parmesan cheese