Skip the kids usual mac and cheese this week
Declaring this dish as the adult version of mac and cheese. This orzo is cheesy with warm pasta, but elevated to something more fancy. The little peas in each bite add a pop of texture and extra layer of flavor. Orzo with parmesan and peas is a side that satisfies many pallets (kids love it too!). Any time that our children indulge in vegetables feels like a victory.
Also, this orzo dish pairs beautifully with a multitude of main dishes. Below is my two favorite pork recipes to pair this orzo with (The Best Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin and Grilled pork chops). I hope this orzo with parmesan and peas becomes your new favorite side for the whole family to love.
Cooking the orzo in chicken stock gives the pasta a rich layer of flavor.
Modification for this orzo recipe is easy peasy, simply use your preferred veggie of choice or proteins. Of course you may omit all veggies and simply serve the orzo with cheese (for those super picky eaters). Truly scrumptious little pieces of warm pasta, cheese and peas in each bite.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ yellow onion chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic pressed or minced
- 16 ounce package of orzo
- 1 32 ounce container of low sodium chicken stock/ or regular chicken stock
- 1½ to 2 cups thawed frozen peas
- ¾-1 cup grated parmesan or parmesan romano blend cheese
- Melt butter and olive oil over medium heat in medium pot
- Add onions and stir continuously cooking till softened about 3-4 minutes
- Add garlic and orzo stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes
- Pour in chicken stock and salt and pepper to taste
- Cook uncovered stirring often and cook until all the liquid has absorbed into the pasta
- Add peas and parmesan and mix until incorporated
- Heat until parmesan is melted and peas are heated through
- At this point test to see if more salt or pepper is needed
- Serve immediately