October 2, 2012

Cheesy Broccoli Orzo

I thought this orzo was seriously yummy!  I LOVE broccoli, so this dish was a winner in my book.  If you like broccoli, then I think you will love it too.  You see . . . it tasted mostly like broccoli and a little like Parmesan.  There really isn't that much cheese in it and if you divide the amount of cheese by the number of servings, it's hardly any at all, so you don't have to feel guilty about eating this on a weekday.  It is so fast and easy to make that you could even whip up a batch on your lunch break!  With all that said, if you want the dish to live up to the "Cheesy" part in the title, you may want to add more cheese.

I see myself serving this side dish A LOT.
Cheesy Broccoli Orzo
1 c. orzo pasta
1 1/2 c. chopped broccoli florets
1/4 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 Tbl. grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbl. butter
1/4 - 1/2 c. milk
salt and pepper

Add orzo to a large pot of salted boiling water.  Cook for three minutes, then add the chopped broccoli; cook two more minutes or until orzo is tender.  Drain very well.  Return to pot and stir in the Cheddar, Parmesan, butter and enough milk to reach desired creaminess.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serves: 3-4 

Jenn's Notes:  I made recipe "as is" and it was delicious!


  1. Oh, I LOVE broccoli. Cannot wait to try this!

  2. I love orzo and am always looking for side dishes. Thanks.

  3. I really like orzo and this looks delicious! I think I will have to pin it.

    Found your yummy recipe on The Grant Life. :)


  4. Oh yum! Everything is better with cheese. I'm your newest follower!

  5. I love this as a side dish! I tend to like stronger flavors in dishes so the second time I made it, I boiled the orzo and broccoli in low sodium chicken broth and loved the extra flavor it gave! Will be making this very often in the future!