Lemon Orzo with Snap Peas and Zucchini


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Lemon Orzo with Snap Peas and Zucchini recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

For years, I’ve bought snap peas, but we’ve always eaten them raw. I’ve never cooked them before now. I was so impressed with them in this dish. I had no idea what I was missing.

I’ll be making this repeatedly with all of our fresh vegetables. I loved the simple flavors here in the dish. It was very light and lemony and perfect for a summer night.

I added some diced chicken when I made this and it was a great one dish dinner. I can imagine making just the orzo with vegetables for a side dish or even a vegetarian dinner as well.

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Lemon Orzo is also tasty with Red Peppers.

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Lemon Orzo with Snap Peas and Zucchini

Recipe adapted from Everyday Food by Martha Stewart


  • 8 ounces orzo
  • 16 ounces sugar snap peas ends trimmed and halved crosswise
  • 2 small zucchini thinly sliced, approximately 1/8" thick
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • Kosher salt and fresh pepper
  • Optional: 2 cups cooked chicken warmed


  • Prepare all of the vegetables prior to starting the orzo. Cook the orzo in boiling salted water for 5 minutes. Add the peas and squash. Cook until the orzo is al dente and the vegetables are still crisp tender, about 3 minutes. The vegetables will continue to cook for a few minutes after they are removed from the water. Use care not to overcook them. Drain well and return to the pot. If you are adding chicken, do so now.
  • Add the lemon juice, olive oil and cheese. Season generously with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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