Cheesy Orzo Pasta with Basil

Cheesy Orzo Pasta with Basil  is quick and easy to throw together, and with the right ingredients mixed in, it is super flavorful!  When I told Grumpy I was making orzo his first assumption when he saw the package it came in was I was making rice.  About the only rice he cares to eat is fried rice!  I explained it was a type of pasta and that made things better 🙂

This was the perfect side dish for the sirloin I broiled for Grumpy, served with roasted asparagus and sauteed steak mushrooms with a couple shakes of mushroom soy sauce.  Perfect comfort dinner for a nasty weather day.

This dinner fits in with the “Meet MyPlate:  A Guide for Healthy Eating” produced by the USDA and based ont he 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  See more on this program at

Cheesy Orzo Pasta with Basil

The next time you want a pasta side dish, instead of reaching for those pre-packaged, full of who knows what side dishes, think about this one.  It takes very little time and is so much tastier and better for you 🙂

Cheesy Orzo Pasta with Basil
Cheesy Orzo Pasta with Basil
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (you can use whatever flavor broth you prefer)
  • 1 cup shredded asiago cheese (I use a microplane zester and get a fine shred.  If you are doing a coarser shred you may want to use less cheese)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  1. Melt butter in heavy skillet.  Once hot, add orzo and toast until pasta starts to brown.  Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil.  Turn down heat and simmer about 15 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and pasta is cooked.  Stir in cheese and basil.  Serve.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Shaheen August 30, 2011 at 11:57 am - Reply

    OOh my does look wonderfu.

    I have to say SNAP too, as I too am submitting a Orzo dish to PPN.

  2. Pegasuslegend August 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    I am always looking for more orzo recipes we love it with cheese this looks great Shelby!

  3. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme August 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Looks really delicious, Shelby! And easy too.

  4. Barbara Bakes August 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I love orzo and I don't make it often enough either. This looks like a great, easy side dish.

  5. Lesa @Edesia's Notebook August 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Looks great! I love orzo but have never had it this way. Thanks for posting!

  6. bellini August 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I am so in love with orzo and throw it in to soups, and salads on a whim. This cheesy version begs to be tried.

  7. Nutmeg Nanny August 31, 2011 at 3:08 am - Reply

    This pasta looks amazing! I have tons of basil sitting in my kitchen…yum!

  8. Donna-FFW August 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I am SOOOOOO trying this next time I make steak. Sounds like the MOST perfect side dish!!

  9. Melanie August 31, 2011 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Love this simple, but so delicious side dish! We just realized this summer how much we love asiago cheese (grated ourselves from a block) so I think I'll be buying another block of it soon to make this. Thank you for the recipe.

  10. Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog September 1, 2011 at 5:36 am - Reply

    Shelby love orzo pasta but I didn’t try often, good reminder about it.

    Need them after my trainings 🙂



  11. Ruth Daniels September 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    So simple, so droolingly delicious, I don't think I even need the steak! Those words from a serious carnivore. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Night.

  12. Gay September 3, 2011 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Looks yummy, and good enough to make me want to try cooking orzo. I haven't tried it before.

  13. Kirstin September 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    YUM!!! I'm drooling over several recipes as I get caught upon your blog. This looks so easy. I love orzo pasta too!

  14. TeaLady September 6, 2011 at 10:44 am - Reply

    This looks delicious. I always forget about orzo. Don't know why because it is so easy to work with.

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