Orzo with a buttery cheese sauce

Cheesy orzo

I was absolutely delighted last week to find out that my local Morrisons had started to stock orzo pasta. They usually only stretch to spaghetti, penne or fusilli so I was well impressed. For those not familiar with orzo, its pasta shaped like large grains of rice and when cooked has a firm but creamy consistency – a bit like risotto but slightly firmer. It works really well with creamy oozy sauces like the one below and is very moreish. Paired with a glass of wine and a good movie, it was comfort food heaven and made for a lovely Saturday night in.


3 cups chicken stock

150g dried orzo pasta

1 tbsp butter

1/3 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese

salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat a medium sized saucepan and add the butter, once it melts add the orzo and cook it for about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly to stop it from sticking until it develops a brown nutty colour. Add the chicken stock and bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low and let it cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the orzo is fully cooked and the chicken stock has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and stir in the grated parmesan and check for seasoning.

Serves 2



  1. frugoal

    Yum! Will have to try this.

  2. vannillarock

    i love orzo in my soup recipes. sounds like morrisons have pushed the boat out 🙂

  3. Ema Jones

    Orzo with a buttery cheese sauce! Great idea…
    Try Homemade Vegan Cream Cheese

  4. Get Freebies

    This looks so good and reminds me of when I was a kid and used to eat my Nann’s house.

  5. theglasgowscullery

    Thank you, glad it brought you some good memories 🙂

  6. theglasgowscullery

    They really have although they still have aubergines in the ‘Exotic fruit and veg’ section. Never mind (sighs). I haven’t had orzo in soup before, I’ll need to give this a go 🙂

  7. theglasgowscullery

    Thanks 🙂

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.