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Kritharoto (Orzo Pasta) with Peas, Lemon, and Feta

Photo: Iain Bagwell 

Hands-on time 21 mins
Total time 21 mins

Serves 6 (serving size: 1 cup)

Chervil is a much-loved herb in Greece, where it's called myronia. If unavailable, substitute 7 tablespoons fresh parsley plus 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon. You can also sub 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper for Maras. Serves 6 as a main course or 12 as a meze.  


  • 3 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 1 teaspoon Maras pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4 cups shelled fresh or frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh chervil
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 351
  • fat 12.7 g
  • satfat 3.4 g
  • monofat 7.2 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 15 g
  • carbohydrate 44 g
  • fiber 6 g
  • cholesterol 11 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 470 mg
  • calcium 123 mg
  • sugars 7 g

How to Make It

  1. Bring stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

    7 Ways With Wine
    Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
    As Julia Child used to so often say, the best wine to cook with is one you consider good enough to drink. As a general rule of thumb, dry (non-sweet) wines work best in savory dishes, while sweet or fortified wines (such as port and sherry) are more attuned to desserts and sauces.
  2. Heat a high-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add pasta, pepper, and salt; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add wine; cook 30 seconds. Add hot stock; bring to a boil. If using fresh peas, add to pan. If using frozen peas, add during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Cook the pasta mixture 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat; stir in chervil and the remaining ingredients.