Good morning! Hope yall had a lovely weekend. I’m currently in Phoenix, AZ for SproutsFest! It’s a big event that Sprouts Farmer’s Market puts together for all of their store and vitamin managers from across the country. I’m here along with 8 other dietitians and bloggers learning all about Sprouts!
Today I wanted to share one of my favorite pasta side dishes. You can serve this along with rotisserie chicken or steak, and green beans or broccoli. Here’s a video to show you how easy it is!
The fresh basil is really tasty in this dish! Nothing better than fresh basil and parmesan cheese. And pasta. Heavenly!
Orzo is a really fun pasta shape. It’s almost like rice, so it works well in creamy dishes and mimics rice. Goes really well with cheese sauces!
I hope you give this recipe at try! It’s so delicious!
Here are a couple other simple side dishes to try:
Here’s the recipe for Creamy Parmesan Orzo:
Creamy Parmesan Orzo
Creamy parmesan orzo is the perfect addition to a weeknight meal! Orzo pasta shapes folded into a olive oil and flour roux along with shaved parmesan cheese.
- 16 oz orzo, cooked
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp onion powder
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup shaved parmesan
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 Tbsp fresh basil
Cook the orzo according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oi, garlic and onion powder. Cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook for a few minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk, cook until thickened.
Stir in the parmesan and season with salt, pepper, cayenne. Fold in the fresh basil and orzo.