Orzo is a small pasta (almost looks like rice), that when mixed with vegetables and cheese, makes a great side dish. This dish is simple, flavorful, and cost effective.
1 cup orzo pasta
1 head of fresh broccoli
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons minced garlic (about 6 cloves)
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons milk
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. When boiling, throw in some salt to help flavor the water and the pasta. Cook the orzo, stirring occasionally, until almost tender, about 11 minutes.
2. While waiting for the water to boil, chop the broccoli, cutting off the stalks. When the orzo has about 5 minutes left to cook, throw the broccoli in the water with the pasta and finish cooking.
3. Strain both orzo and broccoli into a colander. In the same pot, heat the oil and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted. Stir in the garlic and let cook for a 2-3 minutes, or until fragrant.
4. Stir the orzo and broccoli into the pot. Add the parmesan cheese and milk and stir until the cheese is melted. Salt and pepper to taste.