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Minty Orzo and Peas

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Oct. 15, 2022
My grandmother used to serve this side dish along with roast leg of lamb. With its fresh mint taste, it also makes a nice salad served chilled. It's simple but delicious. -Kristen Dunphy of Haverhill, Massachusetts


  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint


  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in butter until tender. Add peas. Cook for 2 minutes or until tender. Add the lemon zest, salt, pepper and orzo; heat through. Stir in mint.

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