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Lemon-Basil Orzo with Parmesan

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.

Oxmoor House JANUARY 2006

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)
  • Cook time:16 Minutes
  • Prep time:6 Minutes


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 154
  • Fat: 3.6g
  • Saturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 5.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 24.8g
  • Cholesterol: 2mg
  • Iron: 0.2mg
  • Sodium: 184mg
  • Calories from fat: 21%
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Calcium: 36mg

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