Lemon-Basil Orzo with Parmesan

Lemon-Basil Orzo With ParmesanRecipe
Oxmoor House
Just 6 ingredients are all you need to make this fresh pasta side. The lemon and basil brighten the dish making it perfect for a spring gathering. Add cooked shrimp or chicken for a hearty lunch or light supper.


4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 6 Minutes
Cook: 16 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 154
Fat 3.6 g
Satfat 0.7 g
Protein 5.1 g
Carbohydrate 24.8 g
Cholesterol 2 mg
Iron 0.2 mg
Sodium 184 mg
Caloriesfromfat 21 %
Fiber 1.4 g
Calcium 36 mg


3/4 cup uncooked orzo
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Basil sprigs (optional)


Cook the orzo according to package directions, omitting the salt and fat. Drain.

. While orzo cooks, heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add lemon rind and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add orzo, basil, and remaining ingredients; toss well. Garnish with basil, if desired. Serve immediately.