I’ve been making so many “one pot” recipes lately that I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve made a good ol’ side dish. Well, I had a bag of orzo sitting in my pantry and baby portobellos were on sale this week, so I whipped up this incredibly easy Parmesan Portobello Orzo.
Originally posted 12-22-14, updated 11-28-16
Parmesan Portobello Orzo
The flavors this Parmesan Portobello Orzo are simple. Mushrooms, garlic, chicken broth, and parmesan. Oh, and a little salt and pepper, of course. The beauty of keeping flavors simple is that this side dish can be paired with a great number of things. I planned to eat this with some chicken, but it could just as easily go with a beef roast or pork chops. Or, as I’ve mostly been eating it, just by itself!
This is definitely going to be one of my no-brainer go-to side dishes from now on! I can’t wait to see how many variations I can make of this one simple dish.
Parmesan Portobello Orzo
- 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.32)
- 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
- 8 oz baby portobello mushrooms ($2.19)
- Pinch of salt and pepper ($0.05)
- 2 cups uncooked orzo ($1.50)
- 3 cups chicken broth* ($0.45)
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan ($0.55)
- Rinse the mushrooms and cut them into thick slices. Mince the garlic. Heat the garlic and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat for one to two minutes, or until the garlic is soft and fragrant. Add the mushrooms, a pinch of salt and freshly cracked pepper, and continue to sauté until the mushrooms have softened and released all of their moisture (5-7 minutes).
- Add the uncooked orzo and chicken broth to the skillet. Give it a quick stir, place a lid on top, and let the mixture come up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, give it quick stir again to loosen any pasta from the bottom of the skillet. Replace the lid, turn the heat down to low, and let the pasta simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Stir once half way through to prevent the pasta from sticking.
- After ten minutes, test the orzo to make sure it's tender (if not, replace the lid and let simmer a few minutes more). Stir the contents of the skillet to redistribute any leftover broth (it will continue to absorb into the pasta). Once the broth has absorbed, turn off the heat.
- Sprinkle the Parmesan over the pasta, stir, and then serve.
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I added parsley to add color to the photo, but it’s not necessary for the flavor in this dish.
How to Make Parmesan Portobello Orzo – Step by Step Photos
I was lucky enough to get these portobellos on sale, but you can sub regular white button mushrooms if portobellos are out of your price range. You’ll need one 8oz. carton.
Rinse the mushrooms and then cut them into thick slices. Now, you may have heard the “rule” that you’re never supposed to rinse mushroom, but in a dish like this where they will literally be simmering in liquid, it doesn’t really make a difference. Something like a fresh salad, on the other hand, you’ll want to just wipe them off.
Mince two cloves of garlic and sauté them in a large skillet with 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat for one to two minutes, or until the garlic is soft and fragrant.
Add the mushrooms, a pinch of salt and pepper, and sauté for another five minutes or so, or until the mushrooms have wilted and released all of their moisture. The mushrooms will absorb the oil at first, but once they start heating, they will start giving off moisture, which will collect in the bottom of the skillet. Once that liquid starts evaporating (becoming LESS), you’ll know the mushrooms have given off everything they’re going to give. Ha.
Add two cups of uncooked orzo (about 1 lb.)…
And 3 cups of chicken broth. Stir the skillet, then place a lid on top. Let the skillet come up to a boil over medium heat. Give it a quick stir to loosen the pasta from the bottom of the skillet, replace the lid, and turn the heat down to low. Let it simmer on low for about ten minutes, stirring once half way through.
After ten minutes, test the orzo to see if it’s tender. There may be a little broth still pooling in a couple areas, but if you stir the pasta, it will continue to absorb the leftover broth. Once the broth is absorbed, turn off the heat.
Sprinkle 1/3 cup grated Parmesan over the orzo, give it a stir, then serve! Super easy.
Yummmmmm. Makes about 6 loosely packed cups of Parmesan Portobello Orzo.
I’ve made this countless times and always loved the end result. Today I tried boiling the mushrooms rather than the standard sauté. So much more umami. Takes longer, but worth the time.
My husband really liked this recipe!
My husband said this was the best pasta I’ve made in awhile and that the sauce is amazing. When I told him there technically was no sauce, it was just the orzo absorbing the broth, he was floored lol
Needless to say, he’s already asked me to make this again soon :)
Hi everyone, I made this as per recipe, but added baby spinich at the end so it wilted. Will definitely definitely make again. Did not add any meat. Thank you Beth love all of your recipes.
Can you do half of recipe we are only 2 and that is a lot of orzo. Thanks
I made this today. Drained and added in a can of chickpeas along with the orzo and an extra cup of veggie broth to make this a more filling vegetarian dish. Super yum!
Thanks for posting this variation! I always check the comments before I make one of these recipes… and your additions were perfect (vegetarian here too).
This was my first time cooking orzo outside of a soup. Great recipe! I subbed with cremini mushrooms and the orzo really soaked up all the flavours. Thanks for sharing!
« First time I’m doing this recipe and boy, I have to do it again. I have to admit though, I put another ingredient in it that wasn’t there, RED ONIONS. And to be honest, I don’t think it change the taste that much, I just felt that it was missing something. It’s a « great » recipe…! »
Last night we added crushed red pepper flakes to the top for the first time, it added a nice pop of flavor!
Yum! This is so good!!! I added diced onion sautéed with the mushrooms and Italian turkey sausage at the end to make it more of a main dish but even without those additions, this is an amazing recipe. Just make sure to keep an eye on the orzo so it doesn’t overcook, mine was done in under 10 minutes.
Wow!!! I’m amazed. This was so good, and so easy! Love it.
I made this today, but I didn’t have orzo so I figured I’d take the risk of a watery mess and added normal pasta. Kinda eyed the stock I put in, but it came out perfect in the end. (I used about 2 cups of pasta and added like 2 1/2 cups of water. Came out delicious.