"Cacio e pepe" is Italian for "cheese and pepper." So, you know what you're getting plenty of here. Creamy buttermilk provides a zing, and if you've never had a cacio e pepe-style dish before, this orzo rendition is a great introduction. (Warning: It may remind you of macaroni and cheese!)

EatingWell.com, February 2022


Credit: Photographer / Brie Passano Styling / Annie Probst / Holly Raibikis

Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Add orzo and stir to coat. Stir in broth, buttermilk, pepper and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, partially covered and stirring occasionally, until the orzo is tender and creamy, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan. Sprinkle with parsley before serving, if desired.


Nutrition Facts

1 scant cup
306 calories; protein 10g; carbohydrates 44g; dietary fiber 10g; sugars 2g; fat 10g; saturated fat 2g; mono fat 6g; poly fat 1g; trans fatty acid 1g; cholesterol 5mg; vitamin a iu 58IU; vitamin b3 niacin 1mg; vitamin c 2mg; vitamin d iu 1IU; vitamin e iu 1IU; folate 5mg; vitamin k 1mg; sodium 301mg; calcium 73mg; magnesium 6mg; phosphorus 54mg; potassium 71mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g; niacin equivalents 1mg.