Orzo with brown butter


A pasta recipe as simple as it can be. This recipe will serve six people as a starter or side dish and four as a main course.


1⁄3 c butter
3 T cheese (grated Kefalotiri cheese)
8 oz pasta (orzo)
  water (to cook the pasta)
  salt (to cook the pasta)


  1. Cook orzo according to package. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Melt butter in a small pan over medium-high heat and cook until it turns light brown. Don't overcook.
  3. Place hot, drained orzo in a serving bowl.
  4. Pour butter and grated cheese over orzo and stir to combine.
  5. Serve immediately.


Start preparing the brown butter sauce while the pasta is cooking, with a little practice, the timing will be perfect.

If you don't have it, substitute 3 tablespoons Kefalotiri cheese with the same amount Parmesan cheese.

Margarine is a perfect substitute for butter.

Orzo is a type of pasta shaped like a grain of barley or a grain of rice. If you don't have it, use the brown butte sauce with any small pasta shape or white rice.


6 servings
Preparation time
Cooking time
Total time
30 minutes