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Lemon Parmesan Orzo

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Bailey
This simple Greek side is fresh, easy, and delicious!
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  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups water or chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice fresh, about 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shaved or grated
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped, garnish


  • Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add orzo, and cook for 3-5 minutes or until browned. Add garlic, and cook for an additional minute or until garlic is fragrant.
  • Add water. Cover, and cook for 20-25 minutes or until orzo is cooked.
  • Fluff with a fork. Stir in parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Garnish with parsley.
Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg