This is my easy substitute for Risotto. I love risotto but I don’t like the time and care it takes to make it. I find that orzo can give you the same rich texture of the risotto in a lot less time and effort.
1 cup wheat orzo
3 cups chicken stock, 1 cup reserved
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated
In a medium pot over medium high heat place the orzo and 2 cups of chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. When all the liquid is absorbed and the orzo is soft but chewy place the orzo in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in a little of the reserved chicken stock stirring until it is absorbed.. Continue to do this until the orzo is aldente. Season the orzo with the pepper Add the butter and Parmesan cheese stirring until you have a creamy texture. Remove from heat and serve.