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Garlic Parmesan Orzo

 
One serving costs about $0.86

$0.86 per serving

1 people like this recipe

1 likes

This recipe is ready in 25 minutes

Ready in 25 minutes

4 lunch,main course,main dish,dinner
spoonacular Score:35%

Spoonacular Score: 35%

 

Garlic Parmesan Orzo might be just the main course you are searching for. One serving contains 547 calories, 15g of protein, and 28g of fat. For 86 cents per serving, this recipe covers 14% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. Only a few people made this recipe, and 1 would say it hit the spot. A mixture of parmesan cheese, pepper, milk, and a handful of other ingredients are all it takes to make this recipe so tasty. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes roughly 25 minutes. All things considered, we decided this recipe deserves a spoonacular score of 39%. This score is not so excellent. Try Garlic Parmesan Orzo, Garlic Parmesan Orzo, and Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Orzo for similar recipes.

No one wine will suit every pasta dish. Pasta in a tomato-based sauce will usually work well with a medium-bodied red, such as a montepulciano or chianti. Pasta with seafood or pesto will fare better with a light-bodied white, such as a pinot grigio. Cheese-heavy pasta can pair well with red or white - you might try a sangiovese wine for hard cheeses and a chardonnay for soft cheeses. We may be able to make a better recommendation if you ask again with a specific pasta dish.

Ingredients

Servings:
0.5 cups
0.5 cups butter
butter
2 Tbs
2 Tbs garlic
garlic
0.25 cups
0.25 cups milk
milk
2 cups
2 cups orzo pasta
orzo pasta
0.5 cups
0.5 cups parmesan cheese
parmesan cheese
2 Tbs
2 Tbs parsley
parsley
0.25 tsps
0.25 tsps pepper
pepper
1 tsp
1 tsp salt
salt
0.5 cups butter
0.5 cups
butter
2 Tbs garlic
2 Tbs
garlic
0.25 cups milk
0.25 cups
milk
2 cups orzo pasta
2 cups
orzo pasta
0.5 cups parmesan cheese
0.5 cups
parmesan cheese
2 Tbs parsley
2 Tbs
parsley
0.25 tsps pepper
0.25 tsps
pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp
salt

Equipment

frying pan
frying pan
frying pan
frying pan


Instructions

  1. Cook the Orzo according to the box directions.
  2. Meanwhile in a large frying pan saute the garlic in butter until tender.
  3. When the pasta is done drain it and add it to the frying pan.
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients then stir and heat through.

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Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $0.86
Ingredient
½ cups butter
2 Tbs garlic
¼ cups milk
2 cups orzo pasta
½ cups parmesan cheese
2 Tbs parsley
¼ teaspoons pepper
Price
$0.97
$0.36
$0.08
$0.64
$1.05
$0.30
$0.01
$3.42

Tips

Health Tips

  • Although the body needs salt to survive, most of us get too much. The problem with consuming too much salt (what chemists call "sodium chloride") is actually the sodium part, which is why people concerned about high blood pressure go on low-sodium diets. If you are trying to reduce salt in your diet, you can try salt substitutes like potassium chloride or try to make do with less salt by using more black pepper, herbs, and spices.

  • You can easily replace regular noodles with whole wheat noodles to add a little extra fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals to this dish. Just don't make the mistake of assuming that because the pasta is whole wheat, you can eat as much as you want. The calories and the effect on your blood sugar is not so drastically different!

  • Before you pass up garlic because you don't want the bad breath that comes with it, keep in mind that the compounds that cause garlic breath also offer a lot of health benefits. Garlic has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. If you really want to get the most health benefits out of your garlic, choose Spanish garlic, which contains the most allicin (one of garlic's most beneficial compounds).

  • If you can, choose grassfed butter for a better nutritional profile—more vitamins, a favorable omega 3/6 ratio, etc.

  • get more health tips

Price Tips

  • Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).

Cooking Tips

  • Here's a trick for peeling garlic quickly. Put the garlic clove on your cutting board. Take a knife with a thick blade and place the blade flat across the garlic clove (the clove should be closer to the handle than the middle of the blade). Whack down on the flat side of the blade with your free hand to smoosh the garlic a bit. Done correctly, the skin will peel right off.

  • Butter's incredible flavor has made it an extremely popular cooking fat, but it is important to know that butter has the lowest smoke point of almost any cooking fat. This means butter literally starts to smoke at a lower temperature than most other fats between 250-350 degrees Fahrenheit. So while butter is great for cooking at lower temperatures, you should probably use canola oil, coconut oil, or another oil with a higher smoke point for frying and other high temperature cooking.

  • The best method for cooking pasta is pretty controversial, but most sources seem to reach a consensus. Check out our lesson on how to cook pasta in the academy.

  • If parmesan plays a big role in the flavor of your dish (or if you're a serious foodie or serious about avoiding additivies) it might be worth your time to track down "true" parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano.

  • get more cooking tips

Green Tips

  • Parmesan cheese is traditionally made using rennet, an animal-derived enzyme. For this reason, true parmesan cheese is not suitable for vegetarians. You might be able to find a vegetarian hard cheese to substitute.

  • To avoid antibiotics, hormones, and other nasties in your milk, choose organic whenever possible. If you can't afford organic, look for milk labeled hormone and antibiotic free. It is often less expensive.

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
546 Calories
15g Protein
27g Total Fat
58g Carbs
6% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
546
27%

Fat
27g
43%

  Saturated Fat
17g
107%

Carbohydrates
58g
20%

  Sugar
2g
3%

Cholesterol
71mg
24%

Sodium
997mg
43%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
15g
31%

Selenium
51µg
74%

Manganese
0.78mg
39%

Vitamin K
33µg
32%

Phosphorus
255mg
26%

Calcium
198mg
20%

Vitamin A
992IU
20%

Magnesium
49mg
12%

Copper
0.24mg
12%

Zinc
1mg
10%

Fiber
2g
10%

Vitamin B6
0.18mg
9%

Vitamin B2
0.13mg
8%

Iron
1mg
7%

Vitamin B3
1mg
7%

Potassium
234mg
7%

Vitamin B1
0.09mg
6%

Vitamin E
0.8mg
5%

Vitamin B5
0.5mg
5%

Folate
19µg
5%

Vitamin D
0.69µg
5%

Vitamin C
3mg
5%

Vitamin B12
0.27µg
4%

covered percent of daily need

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