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Herbed Lemon Orzo Recipe-10750

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Orzo is a petite pasta that looks like rice. In Italian it means “barley,” no doubt because its shape reminds Italians of a grain of cooked barley. In much the same way that you would add herbs to rice for a light savory accompaniment to more powerful entrees, this orzo provides the sensual pleasure of pasta with light floral notes.


  • 10 cups Basic Chicken Broth
  • 4 cups orzo
  • ½ cup chopped fresh lemon thyme leaves (see Note)
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 4 teaspoons peanut oil
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


1. Bring the broth to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the orzo, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until just tender, 9 minutes. Drain, and return the pasta to the pan.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and toss well to combine. Serve hot.


If lemon thyme is unavailable, substitute ¼ cup chopped fresh regular thyme or ½ cup chopped fresh parsley or oregano.

© 2003 Sheila Lukins

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on 8 servings, but does not include Basic Chicken Stock. For nutritional information on Basic Chicken Stock, please follow the link above.


Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

196kcal (10%)
21mg (2%)
6mg (10%)
6mcg RAE (0%)
0mg (0%)
3mg (0%)
1g (3%)
3g (5%)
2mg (11%)

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