Creamy Lemon Orzo with Spinach & Snap Peas


Think of this one-pot creamy lemon orzo with spinach and snap peas like a quick risotto that swaps orzo for rice. The orzo is cooked until just al dente, giving some texture to the dish.  Snap peas are a great addition, but asparagus or another green veggie would work well too.

a recipe photo of the Creamy Lemon Orzo with Spinach served in a bowl
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup chopped shallot

  • 1 large clove garlic, grated

  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper, plus more for garnish

  • 8 ounces orzo, preferably whole-wheat

  • 1 cup halved trimmed sugar snap peas

  • 3 cups lightly packed baby spinach, coarsely chopped

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese

  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot; cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring often, until slightly fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  2. Add broth, wine, lemon juice, salt and pepper; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  3. Stir in orzo; reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a simmer. Cook, uncovered, stirring often, until the broth is almost absorbed and the orzo is al dente, about 8 minutes.

  4. Stir in snap peas; cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Add spinach and cook, stirring often, until wilted, about 1 minute.

  5. Turn off heat. Add Parmesan, goat cheese and crème fraîche (or sour cream), stirring until melted. Garnish with additional pepper and Parmesan, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

386 Calories
14g Fat
51g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 386
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 12g 24%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Vitamin A 3463IU 69%
Vitamin C 25mg 28%
Vitamin D 2IU 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 10mcg 3%
Vitamin K 205mcg 171%
Sodium 506mg 22%
Calcium 154mg 12%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 40mg 10%
Potassium 106mg 2%

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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