Creamy Lemon Herb Orzo

I often spend so much time on my main dish that I completely neglect to make a side dish. Which is why I love easy sides like this Creamy Lemon Herb Orzo. It only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish, and my whole family loves it. It could even pass as a nice light lunch or dinner with some grilled veggies or a salad. And it goes perfectly with almost any grilled meat–pork, chicken, or beef.

You can use whatever fresh herbs you have on hand in this recipe–parsley, thyme and oregano are some of my favorites. Just be sure not to overcook the orzo, since it will continue cooking when you return it to the pan with the lemon juice and cream.

Creamy Lemon Herb Orzo
Creamy Lemon Herb Orzo
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
247 calories
12 g
61 g
20 g
5 g
13 g
59 g
145 g
1 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
59g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247
Calories from Fat 179
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g
31%
Saturated Fat 13g
64%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 61mg
20%
Sodium 145mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
10%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup orzo pasta
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  5. 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  6. 4-6 tablespoons heavy cream
  7. 2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs
  8. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  9. Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook orzo according to package directions until just al dente, about 7 minutes; drain.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook until tender, about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cooked orzo, lemon juice, lemon zest and 4 tablespoons of cream. Add the additional 2 tablespoons cream if desired.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.
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calories
247
fat
20g
protein
5g
carbs
12g
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Taste of Home.

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