Broccoli Cheddar Orzo

Broccoli Cheddar Orzo – A quick and easy meal made with just a few simple ingredients! Orzo, broccoli, and a delicious cheddar cheese sauce. Perfect for lunch or an easy weeknight dinner!

Broccoli Cheddar Orzo

Broccoli Cheddar Orzo

Orzo is one of my favorite things to make for lunch! I love how quick and easy it is to make.  Usually, I just pop some mozzarella, parmesan, and butter but I decided I wanted to add some greens this time and make an orzo recipe inspired by broccoli cheddar soup! Start to finish, this orzo recipe only takes about 15 minutes to make which might just be my favorite part!

Tips and tricks on this broccoli cheddar orzo recipe

Top with extra parmesan and cheddar if you want an even more cheese-y meal! You really can’t go wrong with adding extra cheese to anything.

Is orzo pasta? Yes, it is.  Although it may look like rice, it is pasta.

What else is orzo good for? It is a great addition to soups or casseroles.

This is a great way to use up leftover broccoli from dinner the night before.  I had heated up a bag of frozen broccoli as a side and just used the leftovers the next day in this recipe.  If you are using fresh broccoli, let me know how it turned out in the comments, I haven’t tried it that way yet!

More pasta recipes to try for dinner tonight

Creamy Garlic Pasta – A creamy roasted garlic sauce over penne pasta! Perfect with chicken and parmesan on top!

Caprese Pasta – Spaghetti noodles, blistered tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil.  An easy and refreshing dinner recipe!

Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese – A quick and easy copycat recipe that tastes just like Panera’s mac and cheese! Pasta covered in a creamy white cheddar cheese sauce!

Orzo Recipe

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Broccoli Cheddar Orzo

Broccoli Cheddar Orzo - A quick and easy meal made with just a few simple ingredients! Orzo, broccoli, and a delicious cheddar cheese sauce. Perfect for lunch or an easy weeknight dinner!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli, cheddar, orzo, pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1 cup broccoli florets chopped
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Once boiling, pour orzo in and cook 3 minutes.

  2. Add broccoli in to the orzo and continue cooking for another 3 minutes or until pasta is tender.

  3. Drain pasta and broccoli before adding in butter, milk, cheddar, parmesan, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Stir until well combined.


Orzo Pasta Recipe

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Kate | Veggie Desserts
    February 12, 2018 at 9:59 am

    This looks so flavourful. And so quick! I love broccoli and this is a great new way to try it.

  • Reply
    Brooke
    October 5, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Tried it and LOVEDDDDD it. Tried it again, subbed broccoli for chopped spinach….LOVEDDDD THAT TOO!!! can’t go wrong with this quick easy recipe! I don’t know u but I love u for showing me the joys of Orzo lol

    • Reply
      madi
      October 28, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Haha so glad to show you orzo! It seriously is the best! I will have to give it a go with spinach next time I make it 🙂

  • Reply
    debi at Life Currents
    October 20, 2018 at 9:58 am

    This looks delicious! I think that orzo is my favorite pasta So fun and so easy to eat! And the broccoli makes this a fabulous side dish!

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