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Lemon Parmesan Orzo

A splash of lemon and a shower of chopped parsley make this orzo one of my family's most-requested sides. It's fantastic with chicken, pork and fish. —Leslie Palmer, Swampscott, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook orzo according to package directions; drain. Transfer to a small bowl; drizzle with oil. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 191 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 225mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 7g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • wintermom9597
    Feb 9, 2021

    Loved how quick and easy this recipe is. While there is not a strong lemon flavor, we thought it was just perfect. I will make this again. And again!

  • jstowellsupermom
    Jun 9, 2014

    Nice, easy side dish. I toasted the orzo first for a bit more flavor.

  • justmbeth
    Apr 27, 2014

    Nice and light. Assembled quickly. "Lemon" in the name is a bit misleading. There was only a slight hint of lemon in the overall flavor. Nonetheless, a keeper.