Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Parmesan Basil Orzo

Perfect Pairing:  Summer Tomato Sauce and Grilled Fish

I am always looking for new side dish recipes.  This one is great because it is easy to throw together and only uses a few ingredients but it is still full of flavor.  I like to boil the orzo in chicken broth because I think it adds some depth of flavor.
The Perfect Pairing for this recipe is to serve it alongside the Summer Tomato Sauce that was featured a few days ago and some lightly grilled fish.  This time I used tilapia, seasoned it with salt and pepper and threw it on the grill.  It does not take very long to cook so watch it closely.  I have also used halibut which is incredibly tasty but also incredibly pricey compared to tilapia.  If I could catch halibut in the Chicago River, I would learn to fish.  I love that stuff.

Parmesan Basil Orzo

·         4 cups chicken broth
·         1 cup orzo
·         1 cup freshly grated parmesan, loosely packed
·         10 basil leaves, shredded
·         Salt and pepper
Bring chicken broth to boil and add the orzo.  Cook according to package directions or until al dente.  Drain orzo and add back to the saucepan.  Stir in grated parmesan, basil and salt and pepper to taste.  If the orzo seems a little starchy add a drizzle of olive oil and stir.


  1. I LOVE readying your comments...Like "If I could catch halibut in the Chicago River I would learn to fish." I can hear your voice whenever I read your posts! LOVE IT! And, this does sound yummy.

  2. This sounds so yummy! I'm going to try it this week!

  3. I'm making this on Sunday for my family that is coming into town - and pairing it with tilapia and your summer tomato sauce. Can't wait. Thanks Lindsay!! XOXO (Sarah O)


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