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Lemon Butter Orzo

Easy Orzo Recipe

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1/2 cup servings 1x


Here’s how to cook orzo as a simple side dish! This rice-shaped pasta comes together in minutes, flavored simply with butter and lemon.


  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • Chopped fresh parsley or feta cheese crumbles, for garnish (optional)


  1. Fill a medium pot with 8 cups water and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, add the orzo and stir.
  2. Bring the pot back to a boil, then boil for about 8 minutes until the orzo is tender. (Taste test a grain to assess doneness.) Drain into a strainer, then return the orzo to the pot.
  3. Stir in the kosher salt, butter (or olive oil), and lemon juice. Taste and if desired, add more lemon to taste. Add optional chopped parsley or feta cheese to garnish. Serve immediately; leftovers store refrigerated for up to 5 days.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan

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