Everyday Orzo

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Everyday Orzo is a simple, fantastic side dish that packs a fabulous flavor, with chicken stock, onions, garlic and gruyere cheese.

everyday orzo


Happy Tuesday everyone!  It’s Simply Delicious Tuesday here at The Slow Roasted Italian.  

Today we are featuring Everyday Orzo, a simple fantastic side dish introduced to me by Mr. W’s aunt.  It is the perfect accompaniment to the pork dish I will be sharing on Saturday!  This orzo dish packs a fabulous flavor, with chicken stock, onions, garlic and gruyere (or your favorite-I like swiss, mozzarella or parmesan too) cheese.

Recipe from Simply Classic-The Junior League of Seattle 1993


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Everyday Orzo

Donna Elick
Today we are featuring Everyday Orzo, a simple fantastic side dish introduced to me by Mr. W’s aunt.
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Method Stovetop
Servings 2


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup onion, chopped or grated, if you do not want onion pieces
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (or grated, if you do not want garlic pieces)
  • 2 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound orzo pasta, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons. fresh chives, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook until soft but not browned, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan or heated in the microwave, heat chicken stock to boiling.
  • Add orzo to onion and garlic in skillet. Stir in hot chicken broth.
  • Bring to a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let stand, without removing cover, until all liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted; add chives or chopped parsley and season with salt and pepper. Orzo will have a creamy consistency. Serve hot.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 1263cal | Carbohydrates: 182g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 345mg | Sugar: 10g | Fiber: 9g | Calcium: 426mg | Iron: 4mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Originally Published October 2011

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  1. Orzo is one of my favourit pasta's.For long time we could get it only in deli stores .Lucky that time is over and it is widely sold;)
    And taht u used Gryere cheese is so appropriate:)

  2. I'm currently on an orzo kick, I really can't get enough. I typically just add Parmesan to mine, but love the idea of using Gruyere instead. Yum!

  3. I could eat orzo with every meal. I love its versatility and it is just great with or without extra ingredients or seasonings! Awesome

  4. I made this yesterday and it was fab! I can't wait to try it again. Unfortunately I didn't notice that the recipe called for cheese and neglected to purchase Gruyere, I know that swiss is an acceptable substitute but unfortunately all I had was processed Swiss singles lol! BUT, it's such a solid recipe that it was still fantastic.

    I have added Gruyere to my grocery list so that I can make this (correctly) again very very soon 🙂

  5. @Carolyn, I am so happy you loved it! It is even better with the Gruyere. Let me know if you make it again with the Gruyere cheese.

  6. I meant to tell you. I have literally made it 10 more times since my last comment (with Gruyre!) It's amazing, my boyfriend eats half the pot and then takes the cold leftovers to work with him the next day. We just had it tonight and I am about to forward the recipe to a good friend!

    I hand wrote this one in my recipe book! Thank You!

  7. 5 stars
    I love orzo, so I make it with a lot of meals. This will be replacing my usual orzo recipe because it came out so much better than mine!

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