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Lemony Orzo

"A simple way to "jazz" up that box of orzo in your pantry. I absolutely love orzo because it is quick cooking, and with a few fresh ingredients, this makes for a wonderful side dish."

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Prep Time: 2m

Cook Time: 7-10m


Servings: 4-6  

  • 5.0000

One word sums this up - Delicious!.

  US | Metric  Print Ingredients
  • 12 ounces dry orzo pasta (about 1 1/2 cups dry orzo, plus water to cook the orzo)
  • 1 lemon, whole (zested)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 shallot, fine minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup water (reserved pasta water)

What You Will Need

No special items needed.
  How to Make

Step 1

Pasta ... Cook the pasta according to package directions; and make sure the water is well salted. Once the pasta is done, drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Then return the pasta to the pot and remove from the heat. Sauce ... As the pasta cooks, make the sauce. Add the olive oil, lemon zest and juice, shallot, garlic, basil, and lemon pepper to a small cup. Mix well and add to the pasta, along with the parsley and cheese. Toss to combine. Add a little of the pasta water to thin out the sauce a bit and season with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Serve ... A great side with just about anything. ENJOY!

  Nutritional Facts
  • Serving Size: 1 (186.6 g)
  • Calories 359
  • Total Fat - 5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 4 mg
  • Sodium - 56.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 73.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 11 g
  • Sugars - 1.6 g
  • Protein - 9 g
  • Calcium - 89 mg
  • Iron - 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 32.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg
4 reviews

Perfect side for our breaded chicken cutlets.


Review by Mikekey

So lemony and delicious! I served some salmon with it and man did we eat.


Review by Mungia

We just loved it! I added half vermicelli and half orzo and it was a wow side with our fish. Soon to be a regular on my rotation!


Review by Sheri

One word sums this up - Delicious!


Review by FoodieRanae