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Garlic and Cheese Orzo

Serves 4


Try serving this side alongside Pesto-Presto Italian Flag Chicken.


  • 1/2 pound orzo, regular or whole wheat
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley (about a handful)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Fill a large pot with water and place over high heat to boil the pasta. When the water reaches a bubble, season it with a pinch of salt and drop in the pasta. Cook to al dente, according to the package directions, then drain and reserve.
  2. When the pasta is ready, place a large skillet over medium heat with the butter. Add the garlic to the pan and cook until aromatic and tender, about 1 minute. Add the cooked pasta, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and parsley to the pan, season with pepper and toss to thoroughly combine.