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Creamy Basil Parmesan Orzo


This creamy orzo recipe is delicious—and so simple! Who doesn’t love a savory recipe that can be made in 1 pot with little work? The creamy, cheesy basil flavor is to die for; this will quickly become a go-to recipe in your home.

Creamy Basil Parmesan Orzo

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. (500 g) orzo pasta
  • 2 cups (500 ml) low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups (500 ml) whole milk
  • 2 cups (100 g) spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup (100 g) grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 drop basil essential oil


  1. In a large frying pan, sauté diced onions in olive oil until softened.
  2. Add garlic, orzo, salt, and pepper, and sauté for a few minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add chicken broth, milk, and basil essential oil, and bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce to a simmer.
  4. Cook the pasta to al dente, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed and a creamy sauce is formed.
  5. Stir in the parmesan and spinach, and cook for about 1 minute, or until the cheese melts.

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