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    Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Orzo

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    Kittencalskitchen's Note:

    The garlic may be adjusted to taste, we love garlic so I use 2 heaping tablespoons, I have left the chili flakes as optional add in for some heat if desired, cooking time does not include cooking the orzo.

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    1. 1
      Cook the orzo according to the package directions; drain well.
    2. 2
      In a large skillet melt the butter over medium heat; add in the onion and saute until just softened (about 3-4 minutes).
    3. 3
      Add in fresh garlic and chili flakes the last 2 minutes of cooking.
    4. 4
      Reduce the heat to low and add in the cooked orzo, Parmesan cheese, milk or cream, parsley and salt; toss to heat through.
    5. 5
      Season with fresh ground black pepper to taste.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 16, 2010


      Oh my goodness, This is amazing... I cut corners and used what I had on hand (shallots, whole milk, jared garlic) I also did not have fresh parsley, and it is still the best!! I can not wait untill I can make it with the right ingrediants.. I should have known it was a kittencal recipe when I started to read it and thought Holy Cow I have to make this for dinner!! She never dissapoints. Thank You again for helping me make a great dinner, and to hear my two small children say "AGH that was some good dinner mom!"

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    • on November 14, 2009


      We loved this recipe! I cut it in half for the two of us, and we still have a couple servings left over. It's quick and easy, and oh so yummy. Thanks for posting, Kittencal.

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    • on April 01, 2009


      Oh, this dish was sinful!!! I used shallots instead of the onion and cream (because I had them available)...and cut down on the garlic to about 3 cloves. I cooked the orzo in chicken broth and set it aside for probably 30 minutes. Once I cooked the onions and garlic... added the pasta, I probably added about 1/2+cup cream as it was on the dry side. I put the orzo pasta in a dish and put it in my toaster oven at 300 to keep warm until I was ready to serve it. Next time, I will cut the orzo down to 1-1/2 cups as there was a huge amount of pasta...more for 8 servings than 6. My DH doesn't care for's OK as far as I am concerned...DDs love the stuff, but we all agreed that this dish was yummy, yummy! This dish is very could add fresh herbs or veggies to the dish and give it a whole different taste! Thanks Kitten for another wonderful dish!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Orzo

    Serving Size: 1 (103 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 362.8
    Calories from Fat 138
    Total Fat 15.4 g
    Saturated Fat 9.2 g
    Cholesterol 41.0 mg
    Sodium 420.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 44.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
    Sugars 2.1 g
    Protein 11.2 g

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