Parmesan Orzo and Peas is a flavorful side dish with hints of onion, garlic, and parmesan cheese. It comes together in just twenty minutes and is made in a single pan. Add your favorite protein for a complete meal.
My recipe for Parmesan orzo and peas is one of my new favorite side dishes. The flavor is outstanding for having so few ingredients, and it comes together quickly in a single pan.
Cooking down the onion and garlic bring big flavor, as well as the addition of Parmesan cheese. You’ll want to use chicken broth to cook the orzo because it adds a lot of flavor to the dish.
You’re welcome to substitute this with vegetable broth if you’d like to make this a vegetarian dish.
I like to make Parmesan orzo and peas alongside some grilled or pan fried chicken. You could also stir in chunks of ham to make this a true one-pan meal.
More pasta side dishes
- Classic Pasta Salad (for a crowd)
- Creamy Asparagus Bow Tie Pasta
- Tortellini Pasta Salad
- BLT Pasta Salad
Parmesan Orzo and Peas
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 and 1/3 cups orzo uncooked
- 2 and 2/3 cups chicken broth
- 1 and 1/2 cups frozen peas thawed
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Then add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add uncooked orzo and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed and orzo is al dente.
- Over low heat, add peas and Parmesan cheese. Stir until cheese has melted and peas are warmed through. Add salt and pepper as needed to taste. Remove from heat and serve.