Minty Orzo and Peas Recipe
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Minty Orzo and Peas Recipe

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My grandmother used to serve this side dish along with roast leg of lamb. With its fresh mint taste, it also makes a nice salad served chilled. It's simple but delicious. -Kristen Dunphy of Haverhill, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 200 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in butter until tender. Add peas. Cook for 2 minutes or until tender. Add the lemon peel, salt, pepper and orzo; heat through. Stir in mint. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Minty Orzo and Peas in Light & Tasty April/May 2004, p27

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