This creamy and cheesy Parmesan basil orzo pairs well with many chicken and pork dishes. There is next to no prep work involved, so the orzo can simmer on the stove while you prepare the remainder of your meal. I only added pepper to taste and avoided adding additional salt due to the saltiness of the Parmesan cheese.
Orzo is a short cut pasta that looks like over-sized rice. It translates to barley in Italian and is sometimes referred to as rosa marina (slightly thinner than orzo) and manestra. Orzo is common in many cuisines throughout the Mediterranean. This dense little pasta is perfect for pilafs, salads, and soups/stews.