Cheesy Broccoli Orzo

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// Cheesy Broccoli Orzo

Prep Time

6 mins

Cook Time

15-16 mins

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This one-pot microwave meal comes together in less than 15 minutes, start to finish! Orzo pasta, broccoli, and mushrooms all cook together in one dish in the microwave, finished with a little cream and a lot of cheese cheese. This quick, easy meal is also endlessly customizable; just pair it with your choice of chicken, fish, tofu, or any other favorite protein.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

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The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup (90g) orzo pasta
  • ½ cup (30g) roughly chopped mushrooms
  • cups (95g) broccoli florets, frozen or fresh and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup (120ml) chicken or vegetable stock
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic or onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup (120ml) heavy cream, or coconut milk
  • ½ cup (45g) shredded cheese, such as cheddar or Monterey


  1. Add all the ingredients in the Anyday, except the cream and cheese, and stir to combine. Cover with lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook at Power Level 7tooltip for 13-14 minutes, or until the orzo is cooked through.
  3. Add the cream and cheese, cook for 1-2 minutes, then stir until the cheese is melted and the pasta is creamy.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add some shredded chicken for a heartier meal.
  • Try it with smoked gouda for extra deliciousness.
  • If orzo is not available, try it with any other small pasta such as ditalini.

Recipe notes

  • This recipe can be made up to 4 days in advance. Keep it refrigerated with the lid on and knob in close position, then reheat as needed.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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