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Orzo with Peas and Parmesan

Orzo with Peas and Parmesan

My friend Sharon and I were chatting while our kids played in the creek after school yesterday.  I was telling her I was going to make Mustard-Herb Panko Crusted Chicken for dinner and she mentioned that her family loves an orzo dish with peas and Parmesan.  It sounded so good that I decided to make it as a side dish for our chicken dinner.  It was a snap to make and turned out to be so creamy and delicious without using any cream.  Sharon uses white wine in her dish but since I didn’t have any, I just used chicken broth.  I loved the combination of the salty Parmesan, sweet peas, and creamy orzo.  We all loved this side dish except for my daughter who isn’t a fan of cheese… she said it tasted too cheesy.  Her loss.  Thanks Sharon!

Orzo with Peas and Parmesan

Heat the butter and olive oil in a pan over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes.  Add the garlic and orzo, cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes.

Add the chicken broth, season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, then cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the broth is absorbed.  Add the frozen peas and Parmesan cheese then stir until evenly combined; let the orzo cook for 1-2 minutes or until the peas are cooked & the Parmesan is melted.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

Orzo with Peas and Parmesan

Orzo with Peas and Parmesan

Orzo with Peas and Parmesan

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 +

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp butter
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ sweet yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 8 oz orzo
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 2-3 tbsp parmesan cheese or more if desired

Instructions

  • Heat the butter and olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and orzo, cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth, season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, then cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the broth is absorbed. Add the frozen peas and Parmesan cheese then stir until evenly combined; let the orzo cook for 1-2 minutes or until the peas are cooked & the Parmesan is melted. Serve immediately. Enjoy.
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36 Comments

  1. I’ve been on a orzo recipe hunt and I found your page, thank you for sharing this recipe, it looks delicious.

  2. I love orzo, this is such a simple,yet so tasty recipe! I would gladly have it as a main dish!

  3. A quick and easy side dish? And it’s creamy without the cream, or wine? I love it! And best of all, I have all the ingredients on hand! 🙂

  4. It is, indeed, a great sidedish. It goes great with chicken. Anf it’s so easy and fast to make, yet so delicious. I just love it.

  5. I love orzo and will be trying this one. Pam, the apron is so adorable!!! I love it! Than ks again!!!!

  6. Kim in MD says:

    Orzo risotto…I love it!

  7. Mmmhm I love me some Orzo! That batch looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Peggy Recker says:

    Norm would love this as peas is one of his favorite vegetables.

  9. Yum, I’m imagining this with the fresh peas we will soon be able to get at the farmers’ market. It’s almost that time again, Pam. I hope to see you and the kids there this summer.

  10. I’m hoping this recipe will work with whole wheat Orzo. I bought some the other day & have been looking for a recipe.

    1. I am sure the whole wheat orzo will give this dish a nice nutty flavor.

      Cheers,
      Pam

  11. Since I don’t think the words “too cheesy” should over go together, this sounds like a winner!

  12. Love how we were totally thinking on the same page with this and my risotto. yum!

  13. can you believe i’ve never made Orzo at home? I guess with rice, I just never thought about making orzo. this looks so good and something Giada would make and feed to her baby. love it.

  14. too cheesy? pshaw. 🙂 i love the simple presence of peas. 🙂

  15. True story. This is a snap to make and it is delicious also! My family really enjoyed this tonight! I will put this in my recipe box which is quickly filling up with things from this blog!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to put up such nice photos! I think they are so great and helpful to get the visual of what it all looks like!

    I also love reading the little synopsis and stories at the beginning of each recipe. This is just a great blog! Thanks for keeping it! I enjoy it so much and have benefited a lot from it.

  16. Orzo rocks and has become one of my favorite pastas this year.

  17. I made this for dinner tonight and it’s fantastic! I had some spinach in the fridge, so I threw that in too. Thanks for the great recipe!

  18. This was delicious. Tasted like risotto without the work. This recipe will be made again and again in my house!

  19. I just made this and my husband said it was his favorite thing. It was excellent, and I’ll be making it again. Thanks!

  20. This is very good, easy also. I happened to have white cooking wine, so I filled measuring cup almost up to the 2cup mark with broth, and then filled it rest of the way with white cooking wine. It gave it a little extra good flavor. And my picky husband liked it too!

  21. Christine Fierro says:

    5 stars
    Love love this recipe..So much easier than risotto and rice pilaf. Cant go WRONG