Orzo with Mint and Peas

Orzo is a Greek pasta shaped like grains of rice.

  • Servings: 4
Orzo with Mint and Peas

Photography: RICHARD GERHARD JUNG

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2001

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot (about 2 tablespoons), minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 pound fresh peas, shelled, or 2 cups frozen peas
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; salt water, and add orzo. Cook orzo according to package directions until al dente; drain, and set aside. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and lemon zest, and saute until translucent.

  2. Add peas, and cook until bright green and tender, adding a little water if shallots brown before peas are tender.

  3. Add cooked orzo, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Remove from heat, and stir in mint. Serve immediately.

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