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.
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.
The fresh zested lemon puts this over the top on the scale of “1 to delicious”.
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.
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
- Place a medium sized sauce pan over high heat and add the water, white wine, olive oil, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and paprika.
- Once the mixture has come to a boil, add the orzo and stir.
- When it comes to a boil again, reduce heat to medium and stir once more.
- Allow to boil until the pasta is al dente or as preferred.
- Strain the orzo into a bowl discarding the liquid – do not rinse.
- Never rinse pasta, by the way.
- Add the butter to the orzo and stir to combine.
- Gently fold in the scallions.
- Garnish with a tiny bit of lemon zest or more scallions if desired.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s) Cooking time: 10 minute(s) Number of servings (yield): 4 My rating 5 stars: ★★★★★ 1 review(s)