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One-Pot Lemon-Basil Orzo and Vegetables

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  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 35 min
  • Servings 5
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Lemon and fresh basil give this light-yet-satisfying dish its bright flavour, while the orzo, chick peas, zucchini and tomatoes complete the meal.
Created May 7, 2018
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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 8 oz uncooked orzo pasta (1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can (14 oz/398 mL) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (19 oz) Progresso™ chick peas, drained, rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup julienned fresh basil leaves


  • 1
    In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add zucchini; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is lightly browned. Transfer zucchini to plate.
  • 2
    Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the onion and garlic to skillet. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until softened. Add orzo; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until orzo is lightly toasted. Stir in broth, tomatoes, chick peas, lemon peel, salt and pepper. Heat to boiling; cover and reduce heat to low. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until most of liquid has absorbed and orzo is almost tender.
  • 3
    Add zucchini and lemon juice to orzo mixture; stir to combine. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 3 to 5 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir in basil and serve.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Cooking Vegetarian? Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is vegetarian. Products and ingredient sources can change.
  • Tip 2
    For added richness and flavour, drizzle a little olive oil over the finished dish.
  • Tip 3
    Cooking lemon juice dulls its flavour. For that reason, we add the lemon peel early in the cooking process but save the juice for the end so it can retain its bright flavour.

Nutrition Information

410 Calories, 11g Total Fat, 14g Protein, 63g Total Carbs

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 5
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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