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Creamy Orzo with Mushrooms and Parmesan

This Creamy Orzo with Mushrooms and Parmesan recipe is a delicious way to add some interest to an otherwise ordinary menu. Mushrooms, garlic, and fresh herbs combine with orzo, a touch of sour cream and Parmesan to create this special side dish.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 218kcal


  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 10 small brown button cremini mushrooms
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese divided
  • ¼ cup light sour cream
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil


  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped mushrooms, onion, and garlic. Season with salt, pepper, and thyme. Cook and stir until mushrooms are slightly softened, approximately 3 or 4 minutes. Transfer cooked mushrooms and onions to a plate and return pan to the heat. Add an additional tablespoon of butter to the same pan and when it has melted, add the orzo. Cook and stir for a couple of minutes until lightly browned. Stir in broth and bring to boil. Cover. Reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Return cooked mushroom mixture  to the skillet and stir to combine with the cooked orzo. Mix in ½ cup Parmesan cheese, the sour cream, and basil. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese over the top. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Serve warm.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 317IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 1mg