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Creamy Lemon Orzo with Peas and Ham

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 6

Looking for a potluck-perfect pasta salad recipe? This easy side dish boasts a pop of freshness thanks to fresh herbs, lemon and tangy Greek yogurt. ...MORE+ LESS-

Stephanie Wise Stephanie Wise
April 10, 2015

Ingredients

1 1/4
cups uncooked orzo or rosamarina pasta
4
small lemons
1 1/2
cups cubed cooked ham
1
cup Yoplait® Greek 100 plain yogurt (from 2-lb container)
2
tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
1
shallot, finely chopped
1
box (9 oz) frozen sweet peas
1
cup chopped fresh mixed herbs (parsley, chives, dill weed, mint leaves, etc.)
1/2
cup sliced almonds, toasted
2
green onions, white and green parts thinly sliced

Steps

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  • 1
    Cook and drain pasta as directed on package; set aside to cool slightly.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, into large bowl, grate peel of 1 lemon. Into measuring cup, squeeze enough lemon juice from lemons to measure 1/2 cup. Add 1/4 cup of the lemon juice to bowl of grated peel. Add pasta, and stir.
  • 3
    Stir in ham, yogurt, mustard, salt, pepper and shallot until well combined. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, cook and drain frozen peas as directed on box. Cool; add to chilled pasta mixture along with herbs, toasted almonds and sliced green onions. Stir until well combined. Add enough of remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice to desired taste, as well as more salt and pepper, if needed. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.

Expert Tips

  • Use store-bought cubed cooked ham, or chop up some leftover cooked ham from a roast--both work great with this recipe.
  • Most any fresh herbs work well with this recipe, but bright-flavored herbs--like parsley, chives and dill--deliver the best taste.
  • To toast almonds, sprinkle in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until almonds begin to brown, then stirring constantly until almonds are brown.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
300
Calories from Fat
70
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
12%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
8%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
20mg
7%
Sodium
970mg
41%
Potassium
400mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
36g
12%
Dietary Fiber
5g
21%
Sugars
5g
Protein
20g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%
35%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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