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This recipe is an irresistible bowl-scraper. It's fragrant and flavorful from the shallots, garlic, lemon and tarragon, and creamy from cream cheese. Plus, with the addition of low-sodium broth, the orzo cooks in the same pan as the rest of the ingredients—no extra pot or strainer necessary. You can have this easy, comforting spring dish on your table in about 30 minutes.

EatingWell.com, May 2022


Credit: Photographer / Brie Passano, Food Stylist / Annie Probst, Prop Stylist / Holly Raibikis

Recipe Summary

25 mins
35 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, lemon zest and tarragon; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Increase heat to high and stir in broth, cream, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and add orzo. Adjust heat to maintain a lively simmer. Cook, stirring frequently, until the orzo is tender and the liquid has mostly evaporated, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peas, cream cheese and lemon juice. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with Parmesan, if desired.


Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup
260 calories; protein 8g; carbohydrates 35g; dietary fiber 8g; sugars 4g; fat 10g; saturated fat 5g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 1g; cholesterol 21mg; vitamin a iu 987IU; vitamin b3 niacin 1mg; vitamin c 8mg; vitamin d iu 6IU; vitamin e iu 1IU; folate 19mg; vitamin k 7mg; sodium 231mg; calcium 30mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 11mg; phosphorus 44mg; potassium 111mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g; niacin equivalents 1mg; selenium 2mcg.