Mushroom Orzo with Lemon & Parmesan


This mushroom orzo with lemon and Parmesan is a creamy dish rich with flavor thanks to mushrooms and a velvety smooth sauce. Enjoy this cozy pasta dish with a glass of wine.

Mushroom Orzo with Lemon & Parmesan
Photo: Photographer / Fred Hardy, Food Stylist / Ruth Blackburn
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ½ cups sliced cremini mushrooms

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat orzo

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • 4 cups unsalted vegetable broth

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme, plus more for garnish

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground white pepper

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest, plus more for garnish

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Heat oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate. (Do not wipe the pan clean.)

  2. Reduce heat to medium and melt 1 tablespoon butter in the pan. Add shallot; cook, stirring often, until transparent, about 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until aromatic and light golden, about 1 minute. Add orzo; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add wine and cook, scraping brown bits from the bottom of the pan, until the liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute.

  3. Stir in broth, thyme, salt and pepper; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; cook, stirring often, until the orzo is al dente and the liquid is thickened, about 10 minutes. Add Parmesan, cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, the mushrooms and the remaining 1 tablespoon butter; cook, stirring, until the cheese melts and the mixture is creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Divide among 4 bowls; garnish with additional thyme, Parmesan and/or lemon zest, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

453 Calories
19g Fat
56g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 453
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 15g 30%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Vitamin A 1049IU 21%
Vitamin C 5mg 6%
Vitamin D 14IU 4%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 26mcg 7%
Vitamin K 3mcg 3%
Sodium 360mg 16%
Calcium 126mg 10%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 15mg 4%
Potassium 449mg 10%

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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