Drunken Lemon Orzo Recipe | A Delicious Experiment

Drunken Lemon Orzo recipe with ALittleClaireification.com #recipes #lemons #orzo

I don’t know what it is about lemons but I can never get enough of them.  Lemon desserts… tangy lemony chicken… lemons in my iced tea – a must. :)  I just love how bright and fresh they are and I guess I am a little addicted to them.  Last week when I was making my Creamy Crockpot Chicken Saltimbocca, I wanted to complement it with a fresh, lemony side dish so we created this delicious “drunken lemon orzo recipe” and it was PERFECTION.

It was an experiment in deliciousness that definitely paid off.  I am all about easy, cost effective recipes and this one certainly is just that.  Orzo pasta, lemon, white wine and scallions.  You can’t get much simpler when it comes to making a side dish.

Drunken Lemon Orzo recipe with ALittleClaireification.com #recipes #lemons #orzo

We keep a box of dry white wine in the fridge just for cooking so you definitely want to look into that option for a long lasting, cost effective way to have that on hand when you need it.  If you prefer not to use alcohol in recipes, you can always substitute a vegetable or chicken stock too.

Drunken Lemon Orzo recipe with ALittleClaireification.com #recipes #lemons #orzo

The fresh zested lemon puts this over the top on the scale of “1 to delicious”.

Drunken Lemon Orzo recipe with ALittleClaireification.com #recipes #lemons #orzo

Combine fresh scallions in the mix and… well I could eat the whole bowl.  This is a super easy, delicious side dish that could be served alongside many of your favorites.  Here’s the recipe.  I kind of want more right now.  :)

Drunken Lemon Orzo recipe with ALittleClaireification.com #recipes #lemons #orzo

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PS:  The perfect end to a meal? These  French Lemon Tarts
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Recipe: Drunken Lemon Orzo


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice from 1/2 same lemon
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 scallions finely chopped


  1. Place a medium sized sauce pan over high heat and add the water, white wine, olive oil, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and paprika.
  2. Once the mixture has come to a boil, add the orzo and stir.
  3. When it comes to a boil again, reduce heat to medium and stir once more.
  4. Allow to boil until the pasta is al dente or as preferred.
  5. Strain the orzo into a bowl discarding the liquid – do not rinse.
  6. Never rinse pasta, by the way.
  7. Add the butter to the orzo and stir to combine.
  8. Gently fold in the scallions.
  9. Garnish with a tiny bit of lemon zest or more scallions if desired.
  10. Enjoy!

Preparation time: 10 minute(s) Cooking time: 10 minute(s) Number of servings (yield): 4 My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)


  1. says

    Claire, of course as an official, card carrying member of the Lemon Club, you know I’m going to love this, too! :) This would be a great side dish for so many meals, or a perfect lunch! Thanks so much for sharing your “experiment!” Pinning and buffering! xoxo

  2. says

    Orzo is my favorite pasta! My kids too, they love that small rice shape. I usually just use chicken broth, I can’t wait to try the wine.

    • Claire says

      Right?? It was so good. I had to contain myself and not eat all of it before dinner. :) Thanks for stopping by Amy! :)

  3. Melanie (Reasons to Skip The Housework) says

    So simple, and so yummy! I love it! If you have any desserts you love {like that little lemon tart above!!!}, we’d love for you to come over to our newest link party over at The Inspiration Network: DELISH- a desserts only link party. Bring your desserts and let’s party!!

    Melanie and Diana
    The Inspiration Network

  4. Laurie Thompson says

    I’m making this, and the slow cooker chicken saltimbocca, for our early Easter gathering tonight. Can’t wait to wow my dinner guests!


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