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Orzo Garden Pilaf with Lemon and Herbs

Orzo Garden Pilaf with Lemon and Herbs
Photo by Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post


This lovely, lemony pilaf is a two-for-one recipe that covers you for both the grain and vegetable parts of the meal. The whole-grain orzo pasta is cooked in a skillet until al dente with just enough broth to allow it to develop a luxurious, risotto-like texture. And a bounty of garden herbs and vegetables — tomatoes, scallion and grated zucchini — plus a fresh squeeze of lemon add a sumptuous, summery vibrancy to the dish.

Serve it alongside grilled fish or chicken.


Orzo Garden Pilaf with Lemon and Herbs



2 tablespoons olive oil
6 scallions, thinly sliced, white and light-green parts only
1 cup whole-wheat orzo pasta
1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
1 cup grated zucchini (6 ounces)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper



Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, stir in the scallions; cook until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the orzo and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Pour in the broth and increase the heat to high; once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 8 to 9 minutes, or until the orzo is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.

Stir in the tomatoes and zucchini; cover and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the parsley and basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and serve.

Makes 4 servings

Per serving: Calories (using low-sodium vegetable broth) 240; Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 1g); Cholesterol 0mg

Sodium 240mg; Total Carbohydrates 36g; Dietary Fiber 8g; Protein 7g



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