Orzo and Peas with Mint and Lemon Zest

This is a simple Orzo and Peas with mint pasta. It’s flavors are clean and simple. It is easy to augment to suit any occasion. I often add goat cheese to make it more of a meal.

Orzo and Peas with Mint and Lemon Zest 

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  • 1 pound dried orzo pasta
  • 2 lemons, juice and zest
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound bag of frozen peas


Add the frozen peas to a large serving bowl

Cook the orzo to package instructions.

Melt the butter in a small saute pan set over medium heat. Add the shallots to the pan and saute until translucent. remove the pan from the heat and stir in ½ of the lemon zest until well coated.

Add the lemon juice to the peas along with the shallot and lemon mixture.

When the pasta is al dent drain it and pour it over the peas. This will cook the peas. Add the mint to the bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish the pasta with the remaining lemon zest. Serve warm or at room temperature.