Don’t y’all just love this little bloggy world??  And when I say “little” I actually mean huge, never-ending, always-making-new-friends blogging world haha.  It literally made my ENTIRE week last week to know that I had been nominated  for not just one, but TWO Foodbuzz awards: Best New Blog and Best Healthy Living Blog!  You can vote here if you’d like! {Many thanks ahead of time}
People have asked me before if this blog is my full-time job and I can’t help but laugh.  Trust me, I WISH!!  No, I just do it completely on my own time for fun, but part of me wishes I had gone to culinary or photography school back when I was in college…sigh.  I mean I am only in my twenties sooo there is always time to make a random career change, but for now I think I still have a lot of learning left to do 😉
So enough of my sappy rambles and wishful thinking, I have a killer recipe for you!  Since I had so much rosemary and a few lemons left over from my lemon-rosemary chicken I made yesterday, I decided to make some delicious orzo using what I had leftover in my fridge.
Boy was I glad I did, this tasted wonderful!  Rosemary and lemon is one of my favorite flavor combinations and it made this orzo taste incredibly light and fresh.  It was also super easy, only took 15 minutes!  It’s the perfect side dish to any meal if you’re running late from work or feel free to marinate and cook some chicken to cut up and toss with the orzo for a full meal.
I chose to pair this with some grilled chicken breasts and it turned out to be a completely filling meal.  As you know, I’m only cooking for two in my home so go ahead and double this recipe if you need to serve more OR if you’re just really hungry.  {Don’t worry I won’t tell}  Hope y’all enjoy this as much as we did!


Orzo with Lemon and Rosemary

Yield: 2 servings 1x


  • 1/2 tsp. rosemary, chopped
  • 3/4 cup orzo
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Saute orzo in a saucepan in butter over medium to high heat. Stir until lightly browned and stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and cover.
  2. Reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes or until absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Garnish with additional rosemary, enjoy!


Serving Size: 1/2 cup • Calories: 118.7 • Fat: 2.3 g • Carbs: 21 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 3.7 g • WW Points+: 3 pts

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  1. Jessie says:

    This was really good – I added a little lemon zest! Thanks for the great recipe. We loved it!

  2. Kelly says:

    I have never seen orzo prepared this way before (I usually just throw a random amount of water into a pot, bring it to a boil, and cook the orzo like regular pasta), and this was UNBELIEVABLY better and mouthwatering! I added some fresh arugula on top and ate it as an entree. Fantastic!

  3. K. Cabralez says:

    Will be making this recipe this weekend to go with homemade Gyros!

  4. Libby says:

    I made this recipe last night for dinner and oh my goodness it was outstanding! I’ve never cooked orzo before and your instructions were perfect!! Great job Kelly! I’m going to use more of your recipes in the future!

  5. Maddie says:

    This was so delicious. I paired it with your Baked Parmesan and Herb Chicken, and it was the perfect combo. Loved it!

  6. Amy says:

    Made this as a side dish tonight with some tilapia and black eyed peas and it was a wonderful dinner! 🙂 My only recommendation would be to add in a little bit more lemon and lots of rosemary! Definitely will be making this one again.

  7. Sophie says:

    Just made this tonight too! So quick and easy. Turned out great! I even over browned the orzo and it was still delicious.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I just made this last night for dinner. It was not only easy to make but do delicious! Made my picky eater of a father happy. Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Just made this tonight….YUM! Loved the kick of lemon and rosemary. Delish! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Raìne says:

    This looks great. I grow rosemary every year in the garden, and it will be awesome to make it then.
    (found this via Pinterest)