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One-Pot Lemon-Basil Orzo and Vegetables

One-Pot Lemon-Basil Orzo and Vegetables
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 35 min
  • Servings 5

Lemon and fresh basil give this light-yet-satisfying dish its bright flavor, while the orzo, chick peas, zucchini and tomatoes complete the meal. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

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 Progresso™ vegetable broth (from 32-oz container)
1
can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted 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

Steps

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  • 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.
  • Cooking lemon juice dulls its flavor. 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 flavor.

Expert Tips

  • Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is vegetarian. Products and ingredient sources can change.
  • For added richness and flavor, drizzle a little olive oil over the finished dish.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
410
Calories from Fat
100
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
18%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
8%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
630mg
26%
Potassium
380mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
63g
21%
Dietary Fiber
8g
34%
Sugars
8g
Protein
14g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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