Pin a Day: Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

Do you ever get tired of eating the same things all the time?  I definitely do!  I have been on a big risotto and grits kick as my go to side items with meals, but I was finally ready to try something new.  I had planned on making some oven BBQ chicken with a salad and I needed another side.  I browsed Pinterest and found this recipe for Orzo with Parmesan and Basil.   It sounded pretty tasty and was pretty easy to make, too.  I started by melting butter in my pot.  Next, I added the orzo and cooked it for a few minutes until it was golden brown.  Next, I added in 3 cups of chicken broth and brought the orzo to a simmer.  I let it simmer about 20 minutes, until all the liquid was absorbed by the orzo.  While the orzo was simmering, I granted some parmesan cheese and chopped up my basil.  After the orzo was done cooking, I added it the parmesan and basil, giving it a good stir.  We served the orzo with the chicken and were ready to enjoy.  I really liked this recipe!  The orzo was almost a cross between pasta and risotto, but was different enough to not be boring.  I also liked the addition of the parmesan and basil, two of my favorite things.  This recipe was a great addition to our meal and will become a new rotating side dish in our weekly menus.