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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 -


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


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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

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