Cheesy Orzo with Broccoli

Orzo with Broccoli main | 2CookinMamas

This was clean out the pantry week around our house. Every once in a while it’s a good idea to search out those items that wound up at the back of the shelf and create a recipe to use them up. I hate to waste anything so I try to do this at least once every few months.

Today’s pantry cleaning revealed a half package of orzo that I had used in a winter soup. Orzo is small and shaped like rice and doesn’t work very well as a spaghetti meal so I had to think of something a little outside the box.

How about macaroni and cheese? OK, not too outside the box, but most people use elbow or shell macaroni so this was a little different. I also wanted to keep it from being too caloric but still have it resemble comfort food. So I decided to add some fresh broccoli I had just picked up in the market and traded out the higher fat cheeses and milk for low-fat versions.

Orzo with Broccoli close up | 2CookinMamas

It came out surprisingly creamy and rich and tasted like a cross between macaroni and cheese and broccoli with cream sauce. It was a whole lot of cheesy goodness in one incredibly easy dish!

Hope you enjoy!

Orzo with Broccoli


  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 Tablespoons Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/4-1/2 cup lowfat milk
  • Salt & pepper to taste


Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add orzo and cook for 6 minutes. Add chopped broccoli and continue to cook for 3 more minutes or until orzo is al dente.

Drain in colander and place back in saucepan. Add the cheeses, butter and 1/4 cup milk. Stir well and only add more milk if the mixture seems too dry. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

Makes 3-4 servings.

**Be sure to follow us on your favorite social media! InstagramPinterest, Twitter and Facebook. And remember, if you make one of 2 Cookin’ Mamas recipes, tag us with the hashtag #mamacooks! and we’ll share it.

Your support of clicking through to visit our advertisers and/or purchasing items through our affiliate links, located throughout this post, generates the revenue that helps to keep this page going and is very much appreciated.

You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply