If you aren’t familiar with orzo, you’re missing out. This tiny pasta is a delicious alternative to rice and often has people wondering just what it is. My parmesan herbed orzo is a tasty side dish.

It’s super simple to make but adds so much to any dinner. You can serve this alongside steaks, ribs, chicken or any meaty main dish especially those saucy recipes that you normally serve with plain rice or potatoes. And the kids especially enjoy this. It is pasta and cheese, but a whole lot better.

Belle’s Parmesan Herbed Orzo

½ pound orzo pasta

2 tablespoons butter

¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons lemon juice

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

In a medium pot of boiling water, add the orzo and cook for about 9 minutes. Drain and place back in the pot. Add the butter and cook over low heat until melted. Add the lemon juice, cheese, salt, pepper and parsley. Mix well and heat through until cheese is melted.

Brenda Stanley is the mother of five children, including two sets of twins and a grandmother of eight. She is a cookbook author and novelist. For more recipes and information, visit her website www.brendastanleybooks.com.