Garlic Parmesan Orzo

I am always looking for new non-boring sides. I am a sides person; most of the time I am more interested in the sides than the main event. Pastas, salads, potatoes, breads, all the good carbs! This recipe was generated from All Recipes and I pretty much followed it as is except for the cheese type. Any time a recipe calls for Parmesan cheese I usually use fresh grated imported from the specialty cheese section. It is a little pricey but to me the nutty and salty flavor is worth it!

This recipe is a great addition to any baked or grilled chicken dish, or add chopped chicken for a one pot meal!

Garlic Parmesan Orzo

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author All Recipes


  • 1 cup orzo pasta uncooked
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper


  1. Bring pot of water to a boil, lightly salted. Cook orzo pasta until cooked through but firm, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  2. In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter and stir in minced garlic, cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in the orzo, cheese, milk, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir until combined and cheese is melted, sauce will thicken as it sits. 

  3. Enjoy! 

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