2 tablespoons butter
1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
2 + 1/4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes
Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed pan that has a tight fitting lid. Add the UNCOOKED orzo pasta and stir until completely coated with the butter. Cook on medium-high until the pasta turns golden to lightly brown (watch it because once it starts to turn, it turns quickly).
Stir in the chicken broth, red pepper lakes, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer until the orzo is tender and liquid is (almost) all absorbed. This will take 15 to 20 minutes depending on how fast your simmer is.
When orzo is tender, remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Serve hot.
NOTE: Just about anything can be added to this recipe, next time I think I'll include a little crisp bacon some mushrooms!!!