Noodles. Cheese. Basil. Three of my favorite foods. How could they not be even better together?
I decided to answer that question by trying this recipe for orzo with parmesan and basil that I found on Tasty Kitchen. You can find the recipe here.
I was really looking for an easy recipe for lunch that I would not have to go out and buy special ingredients for. This one definitely fit the bill.
It was definitely not hard to make either – basically just as easy as making pasta.
Really how can you go wrong with something that starts off being sauteed in butter and then gets delicious cheese added to it?
I had some fresh basil, but not enough so I used about half fresh and half dried basil. I also had an “Italian Mix” shredded cheese, so I used that instead of just parmesan. I also probably put in more than the 1/2 cup that was suggested in the recipe. What can I say, I love cheese!
It turned out really well I thought. Cheesy – but not too rich. I also liked the subtle flavor that the chicken stock gave it. I little bit of a different twist to noodles and cheese.
Ease: A-, you do have to sauté the noodles, which takes a bit of patience, but after that you just let the noodles sit and cook and then add the rest!
Taste: A, definitely good!
Would I make it again? Yeah, I think so. It is a great weekend lunch that has enough leftovers to be packed for lunches during the week!
Speaking of leftovers, I am most definitely having some of those leftovers for lunch today. Along with my usual fresh mozzarella sandwich of course 🙂
What are you having for lunch today?
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