I'm usually not very creative when it comes to side dishes. Typically I'll throw a quick salad together or heat up some green beans and call it good. That gets boring day after day, let me tell you. This cheesy broccoli orzo was a nice change of pace from my typical side dishes, and one that I will definitely be making more often.
Cheesy Broccoli Orzo
What you need:
1 cup orzo
1 head broccoli, chopped
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
What you do:
Add orzo to large pot of boiling water. After a few minutes add the chopped broccoli in with the orzo. Cook until the broccoli and orzo is tender. Drain well and return the broccoli/orzo to the pot. Mix in the cheese and milk and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I didn't add any salt because the cheese made it plenty salty, but I added a bit of pepper. At this point you could also add 1-2 tablespoons of butter to make it taste a little more rich but it's definitely not necessary.
This was so good, and even easier than throwing together a salad! This will be making an appearance in my regular side dish rotation. Next time I might add in some toasted pine nuts for some added texture. You could also make this with rice, or any other shape pasta that you have on hand and it would be just as delicious. If you make it with rice I would cook the broccoli separately and mix it together after they are both cooked.
I served this for dinner with salmon and brussels sprouts, and then I ate the leftovers for lunch for the next few days. Delicious!