Simple Brown Butter Basil Orzo

Still looking for a dish to make for Valentine’s Day? This simple brown butter basil orzo is it! It is a delicious side dish for any occasion.


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 + 1/2 cups orzo (dry)
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken stock (substitute veggie stock to make this vegetarian)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 6 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once the butter begins to brown, add the orzo and cook for approximately 2 minutes. The orzo should be slightly browned.
  2. Add the broth and stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for approximately 20 minutes. The orzo should be tender and the liquid absorbed.
  3. Mix in the parmesan and basil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Scoop into bowls and enjoy!