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Lemon Basil Orzo Pasta Salad

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Lemon Basil Orzo Pasta SaladLemon Basil Orzo Pasta Salad

When going to a cookout, barbecue, potluck, or other gathering, pasta salad is a dish that’s guaranteed to be a hit. While I have several delicious pasta salad recipes here at When Is Dinner that I hope you’ll try, Lemon Basil Orzo Pasta Salad is a unique, interesting, and yummy twist on Pasta Salad. My kids LOVE orzo 🙂

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Lemon Basil Orzo Pasta SaladCook orzo according to package directions.
Meanwhile, begin to make the sauce/dressing.
Lemon Basil Orzo Pasta SaladIn a blender or food processor, combine basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
Blend until smooth.
When orzo is done, drain. (Do not rinse)
Lemon Basil Orzo Pasta SaladPut back in the pot or in a serving dish and pour basil mixture on top immediately while orzo is hot.
Toss to coat.
Serve warm or cold.
Lemon Basil Orzo Pasta SaladOptional – add grated parmesan to the pasta while warm or sprinkle with grated parmesan

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Yield: 4

Lemon Basil Orzo Pasta Salad

Lemon Basil Orzo Pasta Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb orzo pasta
  • Juice and zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • Optional – grated parmesan

Instructions

Cook orzo according to package directions.

Meanwhile, begin to make the sauce/dressing.

In a blender or food processor, combine basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.

Blend until smooth.

When orzo is done, drain. (Do not rinse)

Put back in the pot or in a serving dish and pour basil mixture on top immediately while orzo is hot.

Toss to coat.

Serve warm or cold.

Optional – add grated parmesan to the pasta while warm or sprinkle with grated parmesan

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 356mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 10g

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Lemon Basil Orzo Pasta Salad

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Julia Magarey

Thursday 28th of October 2021

How much basil do you use?

Karen

Thursday 28th of October 2021

1 cup fresh basil, enjoy!

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