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Modern Side: Orzo With Lemon and Parsley

One of my New Year's resolutions is to experiment with new ingredients. Orzo, the Italian rice shaped pasta, is on the top of my list. It's simple to make, easily flavored, and makes a great substitute for rice. In this recipe it's tossed with fresh chopped parsley and tart lemon zest. It would be marvelous with pork tenderloin or roast chicken. To check out the recipe,

Orzo With Lemon and Parsley
From Williams Sonoma Kitchen

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1/2 lb. orzo, cooked
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
3 Tbs. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

  1. Using the directions on the package, cook the orzo.
  2. In a small Dutch oven over medium-low heat, warm the olive oil.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant but not browned, about 2 minutes.
  4. Gently fold in the cooked orzo, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper until well mixed.
  5. Transfer the orzo to a serving bowl and serve warm.

Serves 4.

Join The Conversation
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 9 years
I can't wait to try this!! I only have one Orzo recipe right now for Orzo with apples and pecans but my husband thinks it's too sweet. I can't wait to try this one!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
this looks so tasty. mmmm lemon
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
sounds great, esp. w/ pork!
pinky-tuscadero pinky-tuscadero 9 years
Orzo is the BEST. I love it with little bit of black pepper with EVOO. YUM!
sundrops sundrops 9 years
Orzo is so delicious. I first fell in love with it at a restaurant on the beach in California called Cafe Lido. They don't serve it anymore, but I've always wanted their recipe. This sounds like it may be close!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
Sandra Lee made a similar orzo on her show today, sans the garlic and with chopped cilantro. Check out recipe @,1977,FOOD_9936_33973,00.html
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 9 years
Sounds delicious! I looove orzo! YUM!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Look yummy!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
Sounds so yummy and simple to make!! I would make it as a side for lemon chicken.
emalove emalove 9 years
I love orzo! I agree, it would be fabulous with a pork tenderloin.
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