Creamy Cheddar & Broccoli Orzo


Creamy Cheddar & Broccoli Orzo - little orzo pasta is cooked in broth and married with a creamy cheesy sauce with little bits of broccoli #orzo #sidedish #healthy #happilyunprocessed.com
Little orzo pasta is cooked in broth until tender and then married with a creamy cheesy sauce with tiny bits of broccoli for a healthy and super fast side dish.

Creamy Cheddar & Broccoli Orzo - little orzo pasta is cooked in broth and married with a creamy cheesy sauce with little bits of broccoli #orzo #sidedish #healthy #happilyunprocessed.com This cheesy broccoli orzo recipe would be our 3rd orzo recipe on this site.  I have more, seriously.  One that has sundried tomatoes in it, but I wanted to get this specific recipe on the site because it is one of the easiest side dishes to make.

The other 2 orzo recipes call from parmesan cheese and this one uses cheddar.  I love the combination of cheddar and broccoli.  And apparently all you do as well because our Cheddar and Broccoli Soup recipe has SHOT up to #3 on our site!

So why not combine those flavors and use them in a side dish with orzo I say?

Creamy Cheddar & Broccoli Orzo - little orzo pasta is cooked in broth and married with a creamy cheesy sauce with little bits of broccoli #orzo #sidedish #healthy #happilyunprocessed.com

Just like our other recipes, to make this 15 minute side dish you cook the orzo in a large skillet in chicken broth on one burner and while that is simmering away,  you make the sauce next to it in another saucepan.

But wait … what about the broccoli you ask?  That’s simple.

When the orzo has about 5 minutes left to cook, simply lift the lid, give it a good stir and add the broccoli.  It will cook with the orzo.  Then pour the cheesy sauce all over it, stir again and your Creamy Cheddar & Broccoli Orzo is ready to serve.

Creamy Cheddar & Broccoli Orzo - little orzo pasta is cooked in broth and married with a creamy cheesy sauce with little bits of broccoli #orzo #sidedish #healthy #happilyunprocessed.com

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Creamy Cheddar & Broccoli Orzo

  • Author: Debi

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Orzo Pasta
  • 2 1/2 Cups Organic Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Organic Broccoli, chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons Organic Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Organic Onion, diced small
  • 1 Clove Organic Garlic, minced
  • 3/4 Cup Organic Half and Half
  • 3/4 Cup Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

TO MAKE THE ORZO & BROCCOLI:

  1. Begin by heating about 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet, let it warm up for about a minute. Add the orzo and lightly stir it around the pan so it toasts, this will give the orzo a nutty flavor.
  2. When the orzo starts to turn golden in color, add the broth starting with just 1/2 cup. Let the orzo absorb the liquid entirely, then add the rest. Give it a stir, bring to a quick boil and turn the heat down to a simmer. Cover and let it cook for 10-15 minutes.
  3. After 5 minutes, give the orzo a quick stir and add the broccoli.  Cover again and finish cooking.

TO MAKE THE SAUCE:

  1. Add the butter to a large saucepan over medium heat. Once it’s melted add the chopped onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Let that simmer for about 2-3 minutes until it softens.
  2. Add the half and half and cheddar cheese. Season again with salt and pepper.
  3. Take the cheese sauce off the heat and add the parmesan cheese.  Keep warm until the orzo has finished cooking.
  4. Add the creamy sauce to the cooked orzo and stir.
  5. Serve warm.

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