This was totally one of the side dishes we made for our homemade Valentine’s Dinner last month. I loved it so much I had to share it here. My poor husband thought he had the dinner all planned & ready to cook. Well, he just isn’t super efficient in the kitchen at timing things & getting everything finished at the same time, so I helped out a tad. He did a great job, just needed a little help. Don’t tell him I told you, *wink wink.

Anyway, I helped with this side dish & we absolutely loved it. I love the texture of the orzo. It’s shaped like rice & has a similar texture with more of a bite. We will be making this again soon! I think even our kids will eat this one! Unfortunately they didn’t get to try it since they had a heart shaped cheese pizza for dinner while we had Kansas City Rubbed Steaks, this Garlic Parmesan Orzo, & Honey Glazed Carrots. Regardless, I am sure they will love it, & so will you!

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Garlic Parmesan Orzo

Garlic Parmesan Orzo


  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried parsley


  1. Boil orzo according to directions on the package (usually 9-10 minutes.) Drain & set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter & saute garlic until fragrant about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add cooked orzo, parmesan, milk, salt, pepper, & parsley. Stir until cheese melts & everything is combined. Taste & adjust seasonings if needed.
Recipe altered from AllRecipes