Appetizers & Side Dishes

6 Cheese Italian Lemon Basil Orzo

Prep Time: 20 min  |  Cook Time: 15 min  |  Servings: 8  |  Calories: 346
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6 Cheese Italian Lemon Basil Orzo
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Servings
8
Calories
346

Save the heavy pasta sauce for another day and opt for this light and invigorating Italian meal instead. Sargento® Shredded 6 Cheese Italian will really bring all of the flavors in this summery dish together once you’ve topped your plate off with yummy garnishes to your taste buds’ delight.

Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion or shallots
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14 oz.) chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 lb. orzo pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) Sargento® Shredded 6 Cheese Italian, divided
  • Diced plum tomato (optional)
  • Basil sprigs (optional)
Directions
  1. Cook onion in oil in medium saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes or until softened. Whisk in flour; cook 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Whisk in broth gradually; heat to a boil, stirring frequently. Stir in lemon juice, lemon rind and pepper.
  2. Toss orzo with broth mixture, basil and 1-1/2 cups cheese. Top with tomatoes, remaining cheese and basil sprigs, if desired.

Serving Size 8

Calories 346

*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Amount/Serving %DV*
Total Fat 9.50g 15%
Sat. Fat 4.10g 23%
Mono Unsat. Fat 2.90g
Poly Unsat. Fat 0.40g
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Amount/Serving%DV*
Total Carbohydrate 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 0g
Protein 17g
Amount/Serving%DV*
Vitamin A 18RE
Vitamin C 4mg 7%
Calcium 266mg 25%
Iron 3mg 17%