Cheesy Broccoli Orzo Recipe

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This creamy broccoli cheddar orzo makes a simple vegetarian meal or side dish. This 30-minute one-pot dish is adaptable.


– 4 Tablespoons butter, divided – 2 shallots, diced – 3 large cloves garlic, minced – 16 ounces orzo – 4 cups vegetable broth – 2 heads broccoli, chopped into small floret – ¾ cup half and half – 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese – ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese – 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers, optional


Over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons butter in a big pot. Sauté shallots for 4-5 minutes until tender. Sauté garlic for a minute until fragrant. Add orzo and stir for 2 minutes.

Step 1

Scrape the pot bottom and add veggie broth. Turn the heat up to high and boil the mixture, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom to avoid sticking orzo.

Step 2

After boiling, add the broccoli, lower heat to low, cover, and simmer for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally and paying care to the edges and bottom.

Step 3

Uncover and whisk milk at six minutes. Simmer for another minute to soften the orzo. Stir in cheeses until melted. Stop cooking.

Step 4

For the cracker topping, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a pan over medium heat. Add Ritz crackers and brown, stirring periodically.

Step 5

To taste, sprinkle Ritz cracker crumbs and black pepper over broccoli orzo dishes. Serve now.

Step 6

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