Lemon & Pesto Orzo with Pea & Sundried Tomato

Lemon & Pesto Orzo with Pea & Sundried Tomato
  • Main Ingredient: Orzo Pasta
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Serves: 4
  • Ingredients
      • 25g butter
      • 1 large red onion, chopped
      • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
      • 1 large lemon (skin on), chopped
      • 1L chicken or vegetable stock
      • 250g orzo pasta
      • 200g frozen peas, defrosted
      • 50g sun-dried tomatoes, plus 1 tbsp oil from the jar
      • ¼ cup cream
      • 25g parmesan, finely grated (plus extra to serve)
      • 2 tbsp basil pesto (plus extra to serve)
      • 1 tsp salt

Lemon & Pesto Orzo tastes great warm or chilled; making it perfect for lunchboxes!

There’s something about the combination of lemon and herbs that just embodies spring and this lemon & pesto orzo with pea & sundried tomato is it. This orzo is coated in a sauce featuring a whole lemon for an intense zesty flavour – mellowed out by herbs, peas and a little cream. View even more recipes here! 

  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown.
  2. Add lemon and cook for an additional minute. Add ½ cup water, then remove from heat and use a stick blender to blend until almost smooth.
  3. Meanwhile, bring stock to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to a simmer, and add orzo. Cook for 5 minutes or until al dente. Remove from heat and drain.
  4. Add drained orzo into the pan with the lemon sauce, along with the peas, sun-dried tomatoes and oil from the jar, parmesan, pesto and salt. Stir through, and heat until the parmesan has melted.
  5. Serve hot, with an additional sprinkle of parmesan and a few dollops of pesto.

Dive in and enjoy your tasty zesty lemon & pesto orzo with pea & sundried tomato. Want to see more of that green olive recipes? View here

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