Colorful vegetables and the flavors of lemon and thyme make this orzo dish great for picnics. You can chop the zucchini and carrot instead of grating them to cut down on prep time, just be sure to cook them for a few minutes longer before adding the orzo.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Stir in orzo, and cook 2 minutes, until golden. Stir in garlic, zucchini, and carrot, and cook 2 minutes. Pour in the broth and mix in lemon zest. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes, or until liquid has been absorbed and orzo is tender. Season with thyme and top with Parmesan to serve.

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Nutrition Facts

279 calories; protein 10.4g; carbohydrates 44.7g; fat 6.3g; cholesterol 4.4mg; sodium 294.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2006
This was a good and simple recipe and has potential to make for a very colorful presentation but I needed to adjust the cooking times. Maybe it was the pan I used, but after 10 minutes of simmering, my orzo was not done but the liquid was gone. So I added about 1/4 cup more broth and simmered for another 6 minutes. That overcooked the shredded vegetables so next time I make this--and there definitely will be a next time--I will plan to simmer for 15 minutes with extra broth, but not add the veggies until there's about 8 minutes left. That will leave the dish fresh and colorful. It also needed salt and pepper with the thyme. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/21/2009
This was colorful I'll give it that - and certainly nutritious too given the addition of the carrots and zucchini. As for flavor however if it wasn't for the lemon flavor there wouldn't be much flavor at all. Read More
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201 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 88
  • 4 star values: 80
  • 3 star values: 20
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2006
This was a good and simple recipe and has potential to make for a very colorful presentation but I needed to adjust the cooking times. Maybe it was the pan I used, but after 10 minutes of simmering, my orzo was not done but the liquid was gone. So I added about 1/4 cup more broth and simmered for another 6 minutes. That overcooked the shredded vegetables so next time I make this--and there definitely will be a next time--I will plan to simmer for 15 minutes with extra broth, but not add the veggies until there's about 8 minutes left. That will leave the dish fresh and colorful. It also needed salt and pepper with the thyme. Read More
(55)
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2008
Outstanding! Can I give this recipe 6 stars??? We had this with dinner last night and absolutely LOVED it! The only thing I added was a couple of squeezes of lemon juice from the lemon I had zested. Not only is this dish yummy, but it's also quite healthy. Thank you and thank you twice for submitting this one! I will be making it again and again! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/21/2009
This was colorful I'll give it that - and certainly nutritious too given the addition of the carrots and zucchini. As for flavor however if it wasn't for the lemon flavor there wouldn't be much flavor at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2007
This was a delicious recipe. I used chicken broth for the liquid and 1 tbsp fresh chopped thyme as well as ground pepper. As others suggested I added chopped carrot and zucchini to the orzo with about 8 minutes left in the cooking time. I found the 14 ounces of liquid was enough as the chopped veggies created enough extra liquid for the pasta to cook and the veggies were tender not at all soggy. I left the top on the pot - which helped retain adequate liquid to cook the orzo. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2007
This meal makes a wonderful light lunch or side dish! We were really impressed. To accompany the lemon zest I added two tablespoons of juice from the same lemon and the flavours blended really well. Slightly tangy but delicious. Next time I will increase the amount of carrot and zucchini and possibly make the additions of eggplant and onion to make it even better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2009
DEE-LICIOUS! This is great! I went ahead and toasted the orzo in oil for two minutes and then I added just the veggie broth. I used a 14 oz. can plus a tad from another can in fear the liquid would all be absorbed. I cooked like this for 7 minutes. After the 7 minutes I added everthing else and cooked for 8 more minutes. This was just scrumtious. I served with "Grilled Lemon Chicken" from AR. What a combo! Thanks for sharing:-) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2007
I HAD THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM AS THE OTHER REVIEWER. ORZO NOT COOKED; LIQUID GONE. ADDED MORE LIQUID AND COOKED LONGER AND VEGGIES WERE OVERDONE. BUT STILL DELISH. JUST FOLLOW HER ADVICE. MORE LIQUID AND COOKING TIME AND DON'T ADD VEGGIES TILL ALMOST COOKED. I DIDN'T HAVE ANY ZUCCHINI SO I USED FROZEN PEAS. I THINK CHOPPING THE VEGGIES INSTEAD OF SHREDDING WOULD BE BETTER AS FAR AS TEXTURE GOES BUT PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE AS PRETTY. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2006
YUM! This turned out way better than I expected and received full compliments from hubby. It tastes just as good using lime as it does lemon. I didnt have any veg broth (island life!) and thus made my own; I used some stock and a little asparagus condensed soup as the base and then added a tin of "salad vegetables" (baby carrots beans and peas etc) all mashed up. Turned out a treat. Will make again. Cheers! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2006
This was very very good "LitleLisa1"! I used the juice of a lemon instead of the zest only because my kids aren't crazy about zest. I made another side from this site which called for pine nuts for which I subbed with sunflower seeds and I mistakingly placed them in this dish instead. No matter they added a nice crunch and this recipe was a success and loved by all. Thanks so much! Read More
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