Lemon Basil Orzo

Fall tv premieres are all this week, and I have to say that nothing made me happier than seeing my DVR fill up with some of my favorites! Confession time, ready? I think I am the only person on the planet that doesn’t watch reality TV. *GASP* I know, right? What I’m saying is jersey shore, bachelor, housewives of any kind, dance moms, etc. don’t do it for me. How I met your mother on the other hand? makes me SO happy. (thanks to my MIL for introducing me to it) I found this comparison on Pinterest of friends and HIMYM… and I died laughing, because truthfully I love friends too!! See the source here.

Fall tv just makes it easier to swallow the fact that it gets darker earlier and earlier at night. Which makes it harder and harder for me to procrastinate on my runs.

I digress - I have had an obsession lately with the lemon basil flavor combo lately. So, I figured I would whip up a side dish, and I haven’t had orzo in for.ever. You can probably guess that since there was no meat in this, Mike wanted nothing to do with it. Oh well, more for me.

What are your fall favorites!?


Lemon Basil Orzo

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


6 ounces of orzo - half a box
2 tablespoons butter
1 yellow squash
1 zucchini
1/4 cup of basil
2 lemon wedges
1/4 cup starchy pasta water
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup parmesan-reggiano cheese


Boil water for the orzo in a medium pot and cook per the box instructions - I made only 1/2 box. Make sure to reserve 1/4 cup of the starchy pasta water. When the orzo is done, drain and set aside.

Slice your zucchini and your squash, add both to a skillet and heat on medium with a little salt and pepper. Cook until soft, set aside.Grate your cheese, mince your basil.

Place your butter, milk, cheese, lemon juice and pasta water into the pot. Heat on medium and stir until the cheese has melted. Add the orzo, squash, zucchini, and basil and stir together until well combine.


7 Responses to “Lemon Basil Orzo”

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    Cassie/Bake Your Day — September 26, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Still in denial that Friends isn’t coming back, like, ever. Can’t even believe it. I miss those guys SO much! Love this orzo, girl!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — September 26, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Have i ever told you about my insane love of all things lemon? No? Well, I looooove all things lemon, + lemon + basil is one of my favorite combos. Add it that you’ve got some teeny tiny adorable pasta + this is pretty much my dream dish. YUM! I have a lemon orzo on my blog, too! =)

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    [email protected] — September 26, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Lemon dishes fill my heart with joy - this looks incredible! And I am not a reality TV girl either -uh uh!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin Kitchen — September 26, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Generally, I’m the same way. I didn’t watch any reality shows until the trainwreck known as Honey Boo Boo sucked me in. I’m usually all about the sitcoms! I love the Friends and HIMYM comparison - two of my fave shows!

    I love the look of this orzo!

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    Amanda — September 28, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    I have a plethora of basil to use and this looks really yummy. And I’m with you on fall tv. No other time of the year do I get sucked in. It’s just dark and cozy.:)

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    From Valeries Kitchen — September 29, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    I had to come and look at a blog named Susie Freaking Homemaker and then I saw this loveliness. I’m a huge fan of orzo and this looks so YUM!

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    [email protected] — September 30, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Ok. I’ll fess up- I’m a total Real Housewives fan. It’s my guilty pleasure.
    Must try this recipe. Love orzo.

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