Cheesy Lemon Orzo

It’s okay. You can keep scrolling past this picture. Let’s be honest, this doesn’t look like this dish is anything special. Don’t let it fool you! IYKYK, am I right??? Cheesy Lemon Orzo is easy, fast, mostly hands off and a great addition to any protein or really any meal. You’ll see we often pair it with our kebabs, fish and so much more! One kid in our house has been known to ask for dinner as such “anything with Cheesy Lemon Orzo.” Born out of necessity a few years ago at the cabin, this is now a favorite. Give it a try, won’t you?⁣

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Cheesy Lemon Orzo

Course: Side Dishes
Keyword: Under 30 Minutes, Weeknight Meals
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Denise


  • 5 cups chicken broth⁣
  • 2 cups orzo⁣
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt⁣
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper⁣
  • 1 tsp dried basil⁣
  • 1 tsp dried oregano⁣
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice⁣
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese⁣


  • Using a medium sized pot, heat broth over high heat. Once boiling, slowly add orzo to broth. Add salt, pepper, basil, and oregano. Stir. Turn heat down to low and cover. Cook until majority of liquid is absorbed, about 11-13 minutes. ⁣
  • Turn heat off. Add lemon juice and stir. Let orzo sit for another 2-3 minutes with lid on so lemon juice can absorb. Add shredded mozzarella and stir until cheese is combined and melted. Taste and adjust any seasoning as needed before serving.⁣
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