Sometimes you just need an easy but flavorful side dish. Plain rice is just… plain, pilaf requires chopping and takes an hour, but this simple Orzo Rice takes just 25 minutes, has texture, and is packed with flavor from the butter toasted orzo and chicken broth.
To those of you who haven’t had orzo, it is a pasta that is about twice the side of a grain of rice. When toasted in butter it creates sort of a nutty flavor that is delish.
My family loves this Orzo Rice and makes it as a side to a lot of various dishes. It tastes great along side chicken, pork, beef, or seafood (love it with salmon).
Last month we had dinner with one of my sisters and my niece claimed this was her favorite rice. She proved it by eating like 1 1/2 cups! So there you go, an easy side dish the whole family will enjoy.
- 1 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup orzo
- 1 cup Jasmine rice, long grain white rice works too
- 3 cups chicken broth*
- Freshly cracked pepper, garnish
- Melt butter in a medium sauce pan. Add orzo and cook until browned (stir frequently). Mix in the rice and broth. Bring to a boil, cover, and turn to low. Cook for 20 minutes. Fluff rice, top with freshly cracked pepper, and serve.
Recipe Source: RaeJean Eisenhauer