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Pine Nut and Lemon Orzo

Yield 12 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
Serve this dish at room temperature or chilled. If you make the orzo ahead, keep it refrigerated, and toss with the dressing mixture, parsley, and pine nuts just before serving.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta; about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 medium lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 280
  • caloriesfromfat 26 %
  • fat 8.1 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 3.6 g
  • polyfat 2.6 g
  • protein 8.7 g
  • carbohydrate 44.8 g
  • fiber 2.3 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 2.4 mg
  • sodium 202 mg
  • calcium 19 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

  2. Combine rind, juice, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Slowly add oil to juice mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add pasta to juice mixture; toss to coat. Cool to room temperature. Stir in parsley and pine nuts.