Lemony Orzo

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

This bright side dish is typical of Greek cooking and is equal parts lemony and starchy.


  • 1 lemon

  • 1 cup orzo

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel half the lemon (avoiding bitter white pith); thinly slice peel. Squeeze 2 tablespoons juice; set aside.

  2. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add orzo and lemon peel. Cook until orzo is al dente, according to package instructions. Drain and return to pot.

  3. Add lemon juice, oil, and scallions. Season with salt and pepper; toss to combine.

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