Leftovers then breakfast

Parmesan Orzo

For a busy weeknight, this creamy Parmesan orzo pasta is one of my favorite recipes.

Tender pasta in a rich and creamy cheese sauce that is ready in 20 minutes is so much better than a boxed pasta kit. You won’t be able to resist it!


Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the minced garlic and orzo pasta in the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes to toast the orzo noodles, and the garlic will start to soften and turn golden.

Step 1

Stir in the chicken broth, fresh thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the orzo is cooked al dente.

Step 2

Stir in the heavy cream and grated Parmesan cheese. Simmer for 2-3 minutes to allow the cream to be incorporated and the cheese to melt.

Step 3

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card.

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