Feb 5, 2013

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo

Orzo is the Italian word for barley, but orzo pasta is a form of macaroni that looks like a large grain of rice. I love orzo. It is easy to make and has a good texture. I prefer it over rice any day!  

This recipe made with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese is so tasty. It is full of freshness that is delicious eaten hot or cold!

If you've never seen Orzo Pasta, you can check it out by clicking on the box below to see what it looks like. Most local grocery stores will carry it. Mine even has the store brand.

2 tablespoons butter
1 cup orzo pasta
14.5 ounces water
2 teaspoons chicken base
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup chopped oil packed sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat and add the orzo. Saute until lightly browned. Add the water and the chicken base and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the liquid is mostly absorbed. Remove from heat and add tomatoes, basil, and Parmesan cheese. Give it a little taste and add the salt and pepper to your liking. Always add salt after the Parmesan as it is naturally salty.  Serve this warm or cold.

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