Drunken Lemon Orzo Recipe | A Delicious Experiment

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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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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. oh that looks so good, I’m starving!!

  2. 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

  3. Oh goodness, this looks so goooood! and easy :) I like easy!

  4. Thanks for the Lemon Orzo recipe, it does look very good!

  5. 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.

  6. This sounds fabulous, Claire! Anything with wine is going to be delicious in my book!

  7. I can totally get on board with that dish….Yum!!!! I love lemon and I love wine, so I’m in! :)

  8. Oh, yeah! I will be making this, for sure!

  9. I have been loving orzo lately, and I love how light and simple this recipe is with the lemon and white wine- yum! :)

  10. Lets go get drunk on orzo girl! This sounds yummy…between you and Cindy I have lemons on the brain!

  11. YUM!!! Can’t wait to try this beautiful orzo dish… it looks amazing!

  12. I love orzo, and you had me at drunken!

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

  13. 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

  14. Orzo recipe sounds really good. Have a great day!

  15. 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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