Scary Side Dish: Cheesy Broccoli Orzo

Why is this scary?

Because I ate 4 helpings of this amazing and easy side dish.

You can also serve this as a "main dish", and eat it straight out of the pot, like I did.

Why does orzo taste so good in your mouth? It's just little rice shaped pasta. I don't know the answer, but I love it.

This is so good, you will crave this on a cold snowy day, or a nippy October evening, like we did.

One of the most satisfying things I have eaten in a long time.

I would double this recipe, if I were you.

Enter at your own risk.

Cheesy Broccoli Orzo: (adapted from Iowa Girl Eats)

1 cup orzo (8 oz., half the box)
1-1/2 cups chopped broccoli florets (raw)
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons grated good Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup milk (2% or whole)
salt & peppa

Cook the orzo for 5 minutes in salted boiling water. When the timer goes off, add the broccoli florets for 3 minutes in with the orzo, until the orzo is al dente and the broccoli is nice and green (this saves having to mess up another pot!). Drain all together in one colander.

Place back in the saucepan and add the cheeses, butter and milk. Season w/ salt and peppa.

Eat out of the pot, hot, warm, cold, or at room temperature.

Enjoy responsibly.

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Katie C. said…
I am definitely going to try this. It reminds me of your orzo, spinach and lemon salad (?) that I have made and enjoyed many times - very yummy.
Oui Chef said…
salt and are too cute. My young Muppet would love this, though I may swap peas for the broccoli for her.
Claudia said…
All right then. Will make it but no bets on how responsible I will be.
Anonymous said…
Yippee! Just bought too much broccoli (I have gotten my husband to eat it, which no one believed could be done, but we can only eat so much steamed broccoli.

This sounds wonderful. And if DH doesn't like it, that's more for me.

Thanks, Stacey.

Anonymous said…
THAT'S what I'm talking about!!!
Ciao Chow Linda said…
This could be dangerously addictive.
Anonymous said…

And for ONCE, I have all the necessary ingredients and it's EASY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU.
Joanne said…
I've never thought to use orzo for a mac and cheese type dish but how fun!
Debby in Seattle said…
The ozo is cooking....the broccoli is in the collander....the cheese is grated on the bread board ... and I have some left over Costco roasted chicken..... Yummmmmmy
Stacey Snacks said…
I LOVE the chicken addition! Will do it!

Ellen (SIL) said…
I think your bowls are too small. This looks like a keeper...

love you..
Eleanor I. Cook said…
Thanks Stacey,
I needed a quick dinner tonight & this was the ticket - YUM! I added some garlic powder, some turkey meatballs (my hubbie has to have meat) but chicken would have worked too- really, what a versatile dish! Orzo is really a flexible pasta!
I can see this would be something to eat out of the pot. Orzo is just so satifying
LG O'Connor said…
Sta, I actually made this last night (aren't you proud that I actually cooked during the week?)and added some grilled chicken strips. It was fab! I doubled the recipe at your suggestion. Z
Katie C. said…
I finally this made last night and it surpassed my expectations! We ate it with lemon and rosemary marinated pork chops - a great combination. Next time, I'm going to increase the amount of broccoli because we just eat and like a lot of veg. I completely understand eating this out of the pot. Once we tasted it, it almost didn't make it onto the plates!
tonight was the night, and I took your advice and doubled the recipe. Well, I didn't have milk so added cream. It is wonderful, and wish you could see my view from the pot! never got to be a side dish, but perhaps some day. It would blend nicely with anything. Happily I have enough left for days....thanks Stace.
Dana said…
That is so funny what you said about orzo. My mom used to make it as a side dish with fish and I have always loved it. Broccoli is my favorite vegetable so this seems like a big win in my book.
Anonymous said…
I think it needs a little lemon zest or juice too.