Whole Wheat Orzo with Pesto and Peas
An easy & healthy side dish or vegetarian main dish, this orzo with pesto and peas comes together quickly. Add grilled chicken or shrimp for extra protein. Your whole family will love this!
I’m not sure how it happened, but it’s August. Yikes. My kids have informed me they have mixed feelings about going back to school in just a couple of weeks. There’s the excited anticipation of finding out who your teacher is and what friends are in your class, and of course there’s also the dreaded grind of homework that is lurking around the corner. So mixed feelings it is. For me too.
This Orzo with Pesto and Peas dish reminds me a lot of something my mom would make us when we were kids. We always had pasta with peas or even rice with peas for dinner. I think I understand why – it’s quick, inexpensive and is just enough to fill up small children’s bellies. I’ve made this pesto version (because, you know me + pesto = <3 ) quite a few times and it works as a great side dish to grilled chicken or salmon or on it’s own for a light (lazy) dinner. The sun dried tomatoes add a color and flavor that I just love.
With back to school lurking around the corner, this is one of those recipes I’ll be keeping around in my back pocket. All you need is a few staple items like whole wheat orzo and frozen peas and of course my favorite store bought pesto (or your own if you’re lucky!) and you’ve got a simple – and quick – dish I’m pretty sure your entire family will love. My kids love the tiny specs of orzo pasta (it’s cute!) so it’s definitely something I try to keep on hand and serve often.
Have a great week!Print
- 1 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/3 cup pesto
- 1/4 cup julienned sun dried tomatoes (rehydrated in a warm bowl of water for 3–5 minutes)
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
- Cook orzo according to directions. In the last 2 minutes of cooking time, add frozen peas to pot. Once pasta is cooked, drain well and return to pot.
- Add pesto and hydrated sun dried tomatoes to pot and gently stir until sauce is evenly distributed. Season with coarse salt and fresh ground pepper. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Keywords: orzo, pasta, pesto, peas, sundried tomatoes, vegetarian
Try these orzo recipes:
Lemon Orzo Salad with Veggies and Chicken | Our Best Bites
Lemon Parmesan Garlic Orzo | Joyful Healthy Eats
Mediterranean Orzo Salad | Iowa Girl Eats
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