Italian Side Dish Recipe

Easy Delicious Parmesan Orzo

With just 7 ingredients, this parmesan orzo recipe is perfect any night of the week.

Step 1

Boil the Water and Lemon Peel

Infusing pasta water with lemon is such a great way to add extra flavor to such a simple dish.

Step 2

Boil the Orzo until Al Dente

Once the pasta is cooked, reserve 1 cup of pasta water,  dump the rest, and return orzo to the pot.

Step 3

Stir in Butter & Pasta Water

Plus a little nutmeg. Stir for a full minute. You want to bring down the temperature of the orzo before adding parmesan.

Step 4

Stir in the Parmesan 

As long as the pasta has cooled enough, the parmesan will make a creamy sauce without becoming clumpy.

Step 5


Enjoy this Parmesan Orzo Recipe with chicken cutlets, grilled steak, roasted veggies, and much much more.