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Parmesan Basil Orzo

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We enjoy rice in our house, and very often rice a roni.  I found this recipe, and had to give it a try.  Yum!  This is a great alternative to rice, and much better for you than a box of rice a roni.  It is a quick and easy side to accompany a meal, and could easily be transformed into a main dish by adding some sausage or chicken, and a veggie.

Serves 4-6 for about $0.48/serving

INGREDIENTS:

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2 Tbsp. Butter – ($0.12)

1 1/2 cups orzo – ($0.98)

3 cups chicken broth – ($1.02)

1/2 tsp garlic powder

3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese – ($0.80)

2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

salt

pepper

DIRECTIONS:

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In a large skillet, combine butter and orzo.  Sauté over medium heat until orzo is golden brown, stirring frequently.

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Slowly stir in the broth and bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat to low.  Simmer 20 minutes or until orzo is tender and almost all the broth has been absorbed.

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Remove from the heat, stir in the basil and Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste.

ENJOY!