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Lemon Parmesan Vegetable Orzo

  • Author: Mia Swinehart
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides


Orzo with roasted vegetables, fresh lemon, and parmesan cheese.


  • 8 oz orzo (for gluten free, I like to use this)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 of a red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasonings
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 12 cups of arugula


  1. Cook orzo according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil, onion, and garlic. Sauté for 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in pepper and tomatoes; season with salt and pepper and Italian seasonings. Sauté until soft, 5-8 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat on skillet and stir in drained orzo. Add lemon and parmesan, plus an extra drizzle of olive oil. Stir in arugula. Add more salt and pepper as needed.