Herbed Lemon Orzo
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.
If lemon thyme is unavailable, substitute ¼ cup chopped fresh regular thyme or ½ cup chopped fresh parsley or oregano.
Total Timeunder 15 minutes
One Pot MealYes
OccasionBuffet, Family Get-together
Recipe Courseside dish
Dietary Considerationside dish
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Textureherby, tangy, tart
Type of Dishdry pasta
- 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
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.
Add the remaining ingredients and toss well to combine. Serve hot.
2003 Sheila Lukins