Cheesy Vegetable Orzo is a quick, easy, economical side dish that will convert even your worst vegetable-haters into zucchini-eaters.
I love this orzo recipe! It's fast and easy to make, extremely economical, and it goes with practically anything.
Cheesy Vegetable Orzo isn't a fancy recipe, or one that will impress your friends with its exotic flavor profile. No, this simple orzo side dish is more along the lines of …"I just got home from work and I'm tired and I need a quick and easy side dish to go with this leftover chicken. Preferably something I can make from pantry and fridge staples, because I'm not going out there again today!
Every time I make Cheesy Vegetable Orzo, this little eye-roller happens at the dinner table:
"Is that rice?"
"No - it's orzo. Orzo is rice-shaped pasta."
Every single time.
This vegetable orzo recipe came to me many years ago by way of my friend Val, and it has become a staple on our table ever since. You can make it with fresh basil (fresh is always best) but dried basil works fine, too.
Cheesy Vegetable Orzo
- 1 Grater
- 1 medium saucepan
- In a medium non-stick saucepan, saute onion in olive oil until soft (about three minutes). Add garlic and saute one minute more.
- Add broth, grated carrots, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. (Add dried basil at this time if you aren't using fresh.)
- Add orzo. Cover, reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until orzo is tender.
- Remove from heat; stir in zucchini, cheese, and fresh basil if you are using it. Cover and let stand 2 minutes.
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This post was originally published August 22, 2013