Lemony Orzo

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"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."

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • 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

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!

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Cheesy, lemony and delicious is what this orzo tastes like! We had sour ceam chicken, peas and fresh baked bread with it and we liked it very much.

review by:
(6 Jul 2021)


Perfect side for our breaded chicken cutlets.

review by:
(18 Apr 2017)


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

review by:
(18 Apr 2014)


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:
(19 Feb 2014)


One word sums this up - Delicious!

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(7 Oct 2012)