Herbed Lemon Orzo


Lemon zest and fresh parsley brighten up plain orzo for a great side dish you'll find yourself adding to your repertoire.

Herbed Lemon Orzo
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings, about 1 cup each


  • 1 ½ cups orzo

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 ½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Cook orzo in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. Stir in parsley, oil and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

239 Calories
3g Fat
45g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 239
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 10g 37%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Vitamin A 238IU 5%
Vitamin C 4mg 5%
Folate 4mcg 1%
Sodium 147mg 6%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Magnesium 2mg 0%
Potassium 17mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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