- prep 15 min cook 15 min
- serves 4
Funny thing about the small pasta shape called orzo: Although the word means “barley,” the pasta actually looks a lot more like rice. And it’s fun to use orzo in recipes that would ordinarily be made with rice.
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 shallots, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
- 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
How to make it 30 minutes
Never rinse pasta after it has been cooked. It is unnecessary because the starch that remains on the surface of the pasta acts as a natural thickener once the sauce is added. Rinising the pasta can cause it to stick together.
Healthy Cooking Tip
Substituting peas, beans, or lentils for some of the pasta in a dish has the added benefit of providing low-fat protein, heart-protective vitamins and minerals, and dietary fiber. The soluble fiber found in peas, beans, and lentils helps to reduce harmful LDL blood cholesterol levels.
Round Out the Meal
Serve with arugula and sliced tomatoes sprinkled with cracked black pepper and extra-virgin olive oil. For dessert, try pineapple sorbet and sugar cookies.
Nutritional Information(per serving)
- Calories: 380
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated Fat: 2.5g
- Cholesterol: 44mg
- Sodium: 514mg
- Carbs: 52g
- Protein: 25g
- Fiber: 4g
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