Parmesan Herb Orzo

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Micha M


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic , minced or pressed
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth or stock
  • 2 cups orzo
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh parsley (use 1/2 as much if you use dried herbs)
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil (use 1/2 as much if you use dried herbs)
  • To taste salt
  • To taste black pepper


  1. Heat the oil over moderate heat in a pot with a tight fitting lid.
  2. Sauté the onions and garlic until translucent and fragrant.
  3. Add the broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the orzo, return to a boil, and reduce the heat to medium low.
  5. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until the pasta is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  6. Stir in the cheese and herbs.
  7. Season as needed with salt and pepper.