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One-Pot Lemon Butter Orzo Recipe

This One-Pot Lemon Butter Orzo recipe is fast, easy and makes a perfect side dish for so many meals. Try it today!

A white bowl on a gray granite countertop holds Lemon Butter Orzo. It's flecked with green bits of parsley. Nearby sits a pan with chicken and a serving spoon.

Whenever the store-brand pasta goes on sale at our local supermarket, I stock up. Our food storage unit has a large section devoted to pasta, as a result. There are the thin, long strands like angel hair, thin spaghetti and vermicelli, which I use for dishes like Pomodoro when we don’t have bucatini (there’s been a shortage, after all!). There are zitis, penne and rigatoni for Baked Ziti dishes. And there are usually some fun stapes too.

In recent years, my kids have also developed a fondness for orzo, the tiny oblong shape that I use in Sesame Orzo Salad, Caramelized Onion Orzo and other dishes. I’ve been making sure that we have that on hand as well — though in smaller quantities. Orzo tends to go a long way.

Orzo can be used so many ways — in salads, soups, hot dishes and more. And one fantastic way to use it is as a one-pot pasta.

A white bowl holds yellow-ish lemon butter orzo on a granite countertop. A silver serving spoon sits nearby.

Are you familiar with one-pot pastas? They are dishes where everything added to the pot helps create the final dish. There’s no excess water to drain or wasted resources. And, one-pot pastas are also super easy to make.

This One-Pot Lemon Butter Orzo recipe begins with a few simple ingredients — orzo, vegetable stock, lemon zest and spices. It’s all cooked together in a pot (stir it a couple times while it’s cooking). Then you add butter and let it melt. I cover the pan while it’s doing that to help trap the heat and make the melting happen faster. Then, finally, add lemon juice and parsley to finish it off.

Didn’t I tell you this was easy? It really is.

A bowl of lemon butter orzo sits next to a tray of roasted asparagus and a pan of chicken on a gray granite countertop.

This One-Pot Lemon Butter Orzo is delightful with a variety of dishes like roasted chicken or Lemon Herb Cod. But I also love it with Souvlaki Chicken and a simple roasted asparagus, as seen here.

Yield: 4 servings

One-Pot Lemon Butter Orzo

One-Pot Lemon Butter Orzo

This easy recipe for One-Pot Lemon Butter Orzo makes a perfect side dish for many main dishes from roast chicken to baked cod.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


  1. Combine the orzo, vegetable stock, water, lemon zest, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper in a pot (I use a Dutch oven, but a large saucepan could work too).
  2. Cover, set over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the butter. Cover again and let melt. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the lemon juice and fresh parsley to the orzo. Stir. Taste. Season with additional salt and pepper, as desired. Serve.

Interested in more one-pot pasta recipes? Then you’ll want to check out my cookbook One-Pot Pastas, which is full of easy, flavorful pasta recipes.

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