One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Orzo

Lately I’ve been trying to cook new side dishes. I’m always trying to change it up!

I had a bag of orzo that’s been sitting in my pantry for a while. Orzo is rice shaped pasta. It is great in soups, cold pasta salads, the options are endless.

In past posts, you may know how I loathe washing dishes. If there is a way to cook everything in one pot I will do it!

I found a bag of frozen broccoli in my freezer and decided I would make a cheesy broccoli orzo. Fresh broccoli can also be used!

Here is how I threw it together.

Saute onion and garlic in a little olive oil and butter,

Season with salt and pepper.

Toss in the broccoli and sauté for 3-5 minutes, until defrosted and softened. Add white wine.

Cook until wine reduces by half.

Add broth and milk, a little more salt and pepper, and bring to a simmer.

Add orzo to the pot. Give it a stir, bring back to a simmer, Cook for 8 minutes, stirring the pot every few minutes so orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

Stir in the cheeses. Cook for additional 2 minutes, season to taste. (every brand of parmesan/romano cheese can have different levels of saltiness, so add final seasonings after cheese is added)

Marvelous! I served it with some roasted chicken.

Can’t get enough of this stuff!


One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Orzo

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup onion, chopped

10 oz bag frozen broccoli or 1 head broccoli

1/3 cup dry white wine

2 1/2 cups chicken broth

2 cups milk

1 lb orzo

4 oz Velveeta, cubed

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese

salt and pepper to taste


In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter and olive oil and sauté onion and garlic until tender. Season with salt and pepper.

Add broccoli and sauté for 3-5 minutes or until defrosted and soft.

Pour in wine and cook until it reduces by half (just a few minutes).

Add broth, milk, and a pinch more salt and pepper to the pot and bring to a simmer.

Stir in the orzo and bring back to a low simmer.

Cook for 8 minutes, stirring frequently so orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

Stir in cheese and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Season to taste.



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