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.  Recipe serves 4.

What you’ll need:

  • 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 grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

What you’ll do:

  • Cook the orzo according to package directions, omitting the added fat and salt.
  • Drain.
  • While the orzo cooks, heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the lemon rind and the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Add the orzo, basil, Parmesan, salt and pepper.
  • Toss well and serve immediately.

Recipe and image from Oxmoor House.

So what are you waiting on…Get dinner on the table!


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