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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. 

Author Emily Weeks, RDN, LD


  • 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


  1. Cook the orzo according to the package directions. Drain and set aside. 

  2. 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.

  3. Stir in the parmesan and season with salt, pepper, cayenne. Fold in the fresh basil and orzo.