Lemon Parmesan Garlic Orzo

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This Lemon Parmesan Garlic Orzo is a simple pasta dish that even your husband can prepare! It’s made with fresh lemon, shredded parmesan and a touch of garlic.

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I have officially decided that I do not like amoxicillin. My poor little guy was diagnosed with a double ear infection at his one year checkup last thursday. So we have been on this “wretched potion” for about a week now. For those of you who do not know, amoxicillin has this uncanny ability to turn everything coming out of you into liquid. What does that mean for mommy?  Well… I’ll tell you. I am changing a diaper & clothes every 2 hours. Then doing laundry so I have enough clothes the next day!! I am so over amoxicillin. To add to the mess {no pun intended…ok, well maybe a little}, Cason now has a bad diaper rash so it is even harder to change those ever so frequent dirty diapers. Ahhh… t – minus 3 days till we can stop and I am soooo counting down!

In order to create a slight break in the diaper changing mayhem I enlisted my husband for his helping hubbie dinner night. His recipe mission…. Lemon Parmesan Garlic Orzo.

How to Make This Tasty Lemon Orzo

To get started, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add 2 cups of orzo.


Cook until al dente. Drain orzo and place in bowl, add 2 T. of lemon zest {about 2 lemons}.

lemon zest

Then add 3 T. of olive oil, 1 1/2 T. of garlic powder, juice of 2 lemons, and salt & pepper.


Mix all ingredients and top with 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese.


This would be great as a main dish or accompany a main dish. {like maybe the Spiced Chicken & Grapes I posted the other day}

Lemon Parmesan Garlic Orzo


Lemon Parmesan Garlic Orzo

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 15 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 20 mins
  • yield Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • category Category: Side Dish
  • method Method: Stove
  • cuisine Cuisine: Italian


This Lemon Parmesan Garlic Orzo is a simple pasta dish that even your husband can prepare! It’s made with fresh lemon, shredded parmesan and a touch of garlic.



  • 2 cups of orzo, uncooked
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 1/2 T. garlic powder
  • 2 T. lemon zest (2 lemons)
  • Juice of 2 lemons


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add orzo.
  2. Cook until al dente. Drain orzo and place in bowl.
  3. Add lemon zest {about 2 lemons} to pasta.
  4. Then add olive oil, garlic powder, lemon juice, and salt & pepper.
  5. Mix all ingredients and top with shredded parmesan cheese.

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14 Responses
  1. Lizy @ http://justdipitinchocolate.blogspot.com/

    Hi Krista! Thank you for stopping by the blog! So sorry to hear about your little man’s ear infection, they are a real pain! I love orzo although for some reason it’s not very popular with the other members of the family, good thing with Orzo…you can make a portion just for one! Will give this one a try! Than you for sharing…following you now on G+ and Facebook from myt personal acc. and pinning onto my Good Eats board. Lizy

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Absolutely… the pictures of your food just drew me in. {hook, line, and sink her} Thanks on the well wishes for my little man. We go back in on Friday for the checkup, so cross your fingers that they are both clear. Thanks for all the follow and pin love… I am following you on facebook and g+ now too! 🙂 Love meeting an new bloggy friend!!

  2. Shannon {Cozy Country Living}

    Yum! This looks delicious! It is the perfect Spring side dish and I can’t wait to try this:) Pinning!

  3. Simplee Sue

    I hated to give my children antibiotics too. But sometimes it’s a good thing. Did you tell your doctor that he’s having diarrhea? Many times they stop it because it’s a sign of allergy. (sorry, I’m a nurse) Anyway, I hope he’s getting better. This dish looks great and would probably make it as a side dish with chicken. Thank you for sharing.

    Consider yourself hugged, in fact, you need 2 hugs,

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Yeah, the doctor told me it would happen before I even gave it to him. She told me to counteract it with Culturelle. Its a hit and miss each day. But 1 more day and then I’m done. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for the hugs!

  4. Shari Lynne @ Faith Filled Food for Moms

    Yum Yum Yum Krista..this sounds deeelish! I love garlic and I love lemon..nice combo! So sorry about your little guy 🙁 No fun and antibiotics..Yucko 🙁

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Thanks Shari! It is really yummy, I love adding lemon to anything. 🙂 Thank you for the well wishes for my little guy too, only a couple more days on the antibiotics and then a checkup visit. {crossing my fingers… and toes} Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  5. Gloria @ Simply Gloria

    Poor little baby! My youngest would always have ear infections every 3 months…we finally got his tonsils out. Hopefully you’re little man will start feeling better soon!
    I’ve been wanting to try orzo…and now your recipe has inspired me!

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Oh.. thats a big bummer on your youngest. Ear infections are so hard, especially when they are young because the doctors don’t let you give them much to help the pain. 🙁 Thanks for the well wishes! Can’t wait to here how your first orzo experience goes little lady! 🙂

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