Lemon-Thyme Orzo Pasta with Green Beans


2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 clove garlic, minced

¼ - ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
1 cup water

¾ cup orzo pasta
1 cup cooked fresh green beans

Zest of 1 lemon
2 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme or ½ tsp. dried thyme

½ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. white pepper

Freshly shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese


Orzo is a rice-shaped pasta that is quick to prepare. Simmered low and slow, it takes on a creamy texture. Any cooked vegetable can be substituted for the green beans.

In a medium sauce pan or very deep skillet, bring broth, garlic, red pepper flakes, and water to a boil over high heat; stir in pasta and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until nearly two-thirds of liquid is absorbed by pasta and orzo is beginning to look creamy, stirring occasionally, for approx. 10-12 minutes, allowing pasta to soak up remaining liquid as it cools. Remove from heat and stir in green beans, lemon zest, thyme, salt and pepper; serve garnished with cheese.

To serve as a main dish, stir in cooked chopped chicken, pork tenderloin, steak or even salmon. Delicious!