Parmesan Orzo

Sorry I am not dazzling you with something fancy and sweet and gooey and chewy. I would like to say I am watching my weight, but the only thing I was watching today was the HALF a bag of chocolate chips that I shoved in my mouth. And no, I can’t use the excuse that they were healthy dark chocolate, full of anti-oxidants. Nooooo, they were Ghirardelli milk chocolate chocolate chips.!!! When I am PMS’ing, my cravings take over me like some sort of monster(and not the cute furry little monster variety). And don’t you even try to interfere with my eating binge or you might leave with 4 less fingers! I have to watch what I eat all month long because of the damage I do in just one week. Am I alone in my PMS eating issues? Is anyone else a slave to their cravings just prior to Aunt Red visiting?

So needless to say, I got my chocolate fix today, so I am giving you a simple side dish.
One that my whole family devours when I make it.

If you are anything like me.. you struggle in the side dish department. It gets sooo monotonous.
Geen beans, corn, potatoes..blah blah blah..yada-yada-yada.
Back in the day, I used to think Orzo was rice (hangs head in shame). Any 18 year old would look at it and think it was rice..right? Its pasta people..PASTA.
Recipe by The Hungry Housewife

3 Tbsp butter
8 oz Orzo
1 Clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup White Wine
1/2 cups Parmesan-Reggiano Cheese
2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
Salt and Pepper
Melt butter in a pot with a lid over medium heat.
Add orzo and cook until some of the pieces turn golden brown.
Add garlic and cook for an additional one minute.
Add chicken stock and wine, bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.


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    friendly passerby says:

    just a passerby that saw something of yours on foodgawker and thought i would stop by. i noticed at the end of your spiel today you were firm in telling us that orzo is pasta and not rice, yet in the instructions of your recipe you accidentally put "let rice get a nice brown color". just thought i would point it out seeing as you were so firm in your clarification of orzo.

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    Perfect…orzo is always a tasty side dish, especially with a little parmesan mixed in! Oh girl, you are definitely not alone with the pms cravings. I have been known to eat the whole damn jar of nutella in one day because I can't stop thinking about it, plus 15 other things throughout the day. It is horrid but then I also get it during ovulation some months. I am a hot mess for sure on those days…good thing I work out. LOL

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    I must PMS all the time, I always eat like that! I love the looks of this orzo, very nice!

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    I love orzo – especially with Parmesan and white wine!!!

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    I often use orzo instead of rice in risotto. It gives a great result.

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    I really need to try and make it. The potatoes and rice get boring.

    Aunt Flo doesn't visit due to medical reasons, but I still get the symptoms every month (fatigue, hunger, b*tchiness) and it is best if you just let me eat those three pieces of cheesecake followed by a Pepsi and topped off with some M&M's ……just sayin'

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    eat all the chocolate chips you want, girl. you deserve it! at least that's what i tell myself when i do the same…. πŸ™‚

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    What a great recipe. Love orzo.

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    This looks and sounds A-mazing! Um…yea…PMS??!! We recently added to our food budget due to the overeating I do every month. I am like a bloated, gluttunous pig each month. I hate myself afterward, especially when the kids walk in and find me with my mouth open, fallen crumbs on my chest and the look of a dear caught in the headlights as I stand IN-side the pantry….

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    I understand all too well about chocolate chips and PMS. I go through a bag every month!! I like the Hershey's Special Dark ones.

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    Mommy's Kitchen says:

    Iused to think orzo was rice as well. LOL Umm chocolate love it. But i am in love with butterscotch chips cant get enough of those. I dont pms anymore but i get all those cravings still, what is wrong with me LOL. Have a awesome Thursday Leslie Ü

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    **friendly passerby*** suppose my hunger is not the only thing my PMS grabs a hold of. Seems my brain is PMS's too! Thanks for bringing my mistake to my attention.

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    I love orzo.(pasta!) tsk tsk tsk Les! You can make this with Veggie Broth so it is veggie friendly! Such a Yummer!
    Gosh I love chocolate too! ehhh what the hey hey a girls gotta live! hhah
    Your so cute!! LOVE YOU Momma!
    Leslie Loves Veggies (and chocolate and orzo)

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    I used to think orzo was rice, too! I love it. Especially when wine is involved! πŸ™‚

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    chocolate chips with a side of parmesan orzo? nothing wrong with that in my eyes. πŸ™‚

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    β™₯peachkinsβ™₯ says:

    I eat everything sweet and salty when I'm PMS-ing.
    This parmesan Orzo sounds yummy!

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    I love your blog. I cant tell you how many recipes I have copied. thank you for sharing. I also love your stories, they make me smile each and every day. I am new to this Blogging world but I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy yours, thanks again.

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    TheFitnessFreak says:

    That sounds simple and yum! My boys love orzo! Yes, I get SERIOUS cravings TTOM. Chocolate is one of my biggies, but then again I get that craving everyday. Oh crap, I'm in trouble:o)

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    this is a side dish fit for a queen, especially when she is pms-ing! i feel your pain, i'm the exact same way!

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    Jenn @ BentoForKidlet says:

    Looks delicious! I can always use new side dish recipes!

    Can water be in place of the wine? Or will that make it funky? I always wonder about that because we are a booze free zone and I generally just don't even try recipes if they call for it

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    Love that orzo, it sounds awesome.

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    ***Jen @ Bento For Kidlet***
    YOu can use whatever type of liquid you want. I prefer to use stock in my rice and orzo. Just kicks up the flavor a notch. Just make sure with this use 2 cups of liquid.

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    I love your cravings. I have to have my Cheez It's and milk choco chips too, but then I love those Dove little thingees too.

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    I love orzo and always use it in chicken soup! Yours look so delicious. PMS does me in each month too…..

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    Simple and delicious!

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    Love, love, love this recipe. Simple food is the best. I love all food when I am PMSing, especially salty food.

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    Multi-tasking Mommy says:

    Oh, I'm so right there with you on the milk chocolate chips…and the half bag as well. In fact, I was just munching on some this afternoon! We could have had a PMS chocolate chip party together πŸ˜‰

    LOVE Orzo, this recipe looks so easy and yet yummy! I'll have to give it a try.

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    God has greatly gifted you
    I enjoyed visiting your blog
    God Bless;

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    Oh you're so not alone! LOL. Ghirardelli milk chocolate chocolate chips happen to be one of those things that I CANT have in the house. WILL eat whole bag.

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    I am the same way with chocolate!!! BTW it may think your not dazzling us but you are! I'm betting this is super flavorful and I am definitely trying this. I have recently started using Orzo. I wonder what took me so long?! Thanks Leslie!

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    Oh chocolate…my best friend…

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    pigpigscorner says:

    My diet plan always fail…love sweets too much!

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    PURE comfort food yes. This would help my PMS, along with the chips as well. You show more restraint, I usually down the whole damn bag.

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    This is a great side dish! I usually just add some butter but I am definitely going to try this. I don't know how the different shapes of pasta taste so different from one another, but they do and orzo is on of my favourites.

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    This sounds like a great idea for a side dish we would love. Enjoying your blog and all of the GREAT recipes! Come over to GrannyMountain for a visit when you have time…

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    Ghirardelli milk chocolate and cheesy tasty orzo seem like a perfect combination! πŸ˜›

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    I don't fiend for chocolate but just about everything else.

    I love orzo. I think it may be our favorite pasta. Thanks for the recipe. I'll be giving it try some time this week.

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    Going to make it for my boyfriend, he loves orzo.

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    Hey, no judgment here!! I love Parmesan orzo. Sooo yummy.

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    I am thankful to announce that my days of PMS are OVER!!! (Everything has it's good side and bad side.) But I sympathize. Wine helps. Definitely.

    Anyway…loving the orzo dish. Yes, it sure is pasta…actually tastes like pasta though it looks like rice. Nice easy yummy recipe too!

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    mm you can make that for me also.. but really I want the TART I believe this is my 3RD time asking!!)

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    How pretty and simple! I looove simple!

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    What a nice and simple orzo dish…would definitely try it! White wine and parmesan, what a great combination!

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    Diana's Cocina says:

    Parmesan and orzo sound great! And you are not alone when it comes to the terrible PMS cravings. See my food craving is salt. I go for the bottle of tabasco with cheese doritos! Yes, tabasco and cheese doritos with the tabasco dripping off baby. Family size (large) works best for me!!

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    I don't really have the PMS cravings, but I'm with you on being bored with side dishes lately. My kids would love this one.

    Thank you for the fabulous tip about Lyle's Golden Syrup!!! I've eliminated corn syrup from our diets and this product is a must have for my pantry. I've already gone to Amazon and added it to my cart!

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    we made this tonight and it was great. It was a nice change to our usual rice. Thanks for posting!

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    This 'simple side dish' could easily be my dinner…