Orzo with Peas (+ a Giveaway!)

Pasta Salad for party Orzo with Peas recipe

I’m baaaaack! Sorry for the radio silence, kiddies. Sunday night I was like “Monday’s a holiday… no post” and then Monday night I was like “I’m a deep-fried lobster who did nothing but lounge around looking at attractive men all day but somehow that’s all super exhausting so I’m going to sleep instead of writing Tuesday’s post”.

And now y’all know what my thoughts sound like… and why I choose not to voice like 88% of them. Yep, I know, you’re thanking me for that.

So now for today’s recipe: orzo with peas. Y’all. This is one of my all-time favorite recipes. I make it all of the time for dinners with friends, or I’ll make a giant vat of it on Sunday and eat it throughout the entire week. It’s always a huge hit… plus this orzo with peas recipe is super delicious hot or cold! Keep reading for the full recipe (and there’s an AMAZING giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

Orzo with Peas Recipe

Orzo with Peas
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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

This dish is one of my all-time favorites. It's crazy-easy to make AND super delicious AND makes enough for a small army, making it the ideal dish for a large party or to make at the beginning of the week for leftovers all week long! PS it's also delicious while cold!


  • 1/2 pound of dry whole wheat orzo pasta, prepared to package's instructions
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 cup of fresh english peas, washed
  • 1 cup of low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil, chopped
  • optional: 1/4 cup of shaved parmesan cheese


  1. Place the cooked orzo in a large bowl.
  2. In a large pan over medium heat, sauté the minced shallot and onion in the olive oil until soft (about 3 or 4 minutes).
  3. Add the peas to the pan and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and add the chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian/vegan), cover, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the salt and pepper and stir.
  6. Pour the contents of the pan into the large bowl with orzo, add the basil and (optional) parmesan and toss before serving.

Parmesan Basil Orzo Peas Chicken Broth pasta salad recipe

And now for that giveaway I teased earlier…!

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