Orzo with Artichoke Lemon Pesto

Orzo with Artichoke Lemon Pesto is the perfect side dish for Easter. It is a taste of Spring in every healthy bite.

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Perfect Side Dish! Orzo with Artichoke Lemon Pesto Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy - Repin for later

When I was 9 years old we went to Greece for a vacation.  It was amazing.  Besides the beauty of the architecture and the blueness of the sea, I remember the food.  Of course, I do!  For the longest time I fondly remembered a side dish I had with chicken.  At the time I did not know what it was other than it was unbelievably good.  It looked like rice but tasted like pasta.  I had thought about that side dish for years wondering what it was.  Then finally I had orzo.  Light-bulb moment!  That was it.  That was what I had in Greece with a little tomato sauce.  Finally my quest for that mysterious side dish was over but  my love for orzo remains.  So when I tasted my Artichoke Lemon Pesto, I knew I wanted to mix it in with orzo for the perfect side dish for Easter.

Perfect Side Dish! Orzo with Artichoke Lemon Pesto Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy - Repin for later

It is amazing to me that something I had eaten when I was 9 years old could still have such an impact on me.  I don’t know if it was just that good or if it was the novelty of being somewhere new.  Greece was phenomenal.  I had a love of history even then but seeing the ancient ruins really brought it to life for me.  I still remember climbing up the Acropolis to the Parthenon.  It is mind-blowing that this structure which is almost 3000 years old is still standing even if it is in ruins.  There is enough of the ruins that you can imagine how ornate and grand it must have been.  It truly makes you feel tied to the past and the people who have come before you.  I love the feeling of walking in someone else’s footsteps.

Thirty something years later that trip to Greece helped inspire my Easter Menu.  I had to sneak in orzo somehow and using it with my Artichoke Lemon Pesto was the perfect way to do that.  I then used lots of Greek spices and flavors in my Cornish Hens recipe that will post on Thursday.  It is just like a Greek fest.  Someday I hope to take my little one to Greece.  I hope she will be able to understand the magnitude of what she is seeing and fully appreciate the importance of history.  All of that just from a little orzo!

Perfect Side Dish! Orzo with Artichoke Lemon Pesto Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy - Repin for later

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Orzo with Artichoke Lemon Pesto

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 193 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (6 oz) orzo
  • 2/3 cup Artichoke Lemon Pesto
  • 1/2 oz . grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/4 tsp . kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Cook orzo according to manufacturers instruction. Keep aside 2 tbsp. pasta water and drain the rest.
  2. Place orzo in a medium bowl and mix in pesto, cheese, parsley and salt.
  3. Add some of the pasta water for your desired consistency.
  4. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Orzo with Artichoke Lemon Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 7g 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Looks delish!
  2. Yummy! This will be perfect to make this summer when I have tons of basil in my herb garden!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Fresh basil would be fantastic. Once the weather warms up hopefully we will get our basil going again.
  3. Looks yummy! Where did you get your pesto?
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Teri, I made it. The link to the recipe is in the post. Here it is to http://fooddonelight.com/artichoke-lemon-pesto/
  4. We will just love this dish and can't wait to try it! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend! Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  5. I just made a big batch of plain pesto and was wondering what to do with what I have left. This is the answer! It sounds so good!
  6. Betty Gibson says
    In the Orzo with Artichoke Lemon Pesto did u make pesto or buy it ?
  7. Paula - bell'alimento says
    Love Love Love all the flavors in here!
  8. I bet this would be so fantastic with fish or chicken. I love, love, LOVE lemon and artichoke!
  9. Ooooh, the artichoke & lemon combo sounds amazing!

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