Lemon Orzo with Crispy Sage

A new recipe already? That’s right! I am spending my day in the kitchen making some homemade focaccia bread to pair with some homemade tomato soup for dinner.

As for a lunch, I decided to go for orzo. I haven’t made orzo in so long and I have been meaning to make some crispy sage, so this was a perfect combination! 

Lemon + mint + pine nuts + crispy sage = the best flavor combination 

It is rich, nutty, and slightly tangy which results in a melt in your mouth goodness. 

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I’ve been cooking with a lot of fresh herbs lately because they are perfect for experimenting with new recipes. Flavors are so much more intense and flavorful with fresh herbs, and taste even better when you slightly toast them or in this case…crisp them up! 

Crispy sage is now one of my favorite meal toppers. It pairs perfectly with the lemony, nutty orzo dish. 

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This dish is….

Healthy 

Vegan 

Simple 

Flavorful 

Few ingredients 

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Lemon Orzo with Crispy Sage


By: Taavi Elizabeth     Serves: 3-4 

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup orzo pasta 
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth 
  • 2 tsp finely minced fresh mint 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 3/4 tsp salt 
  • Pepper to taste 
  • 1/4 tsp paprika 
  • Dash red pepper flakes 
  • 2 strips lemon peel (with a bit of flesh attached) 
  • 4-5 sage leaves 
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts 

Directions 

  1. In a medium saucepan combine everything except sage and pine nuts. Stir to combine and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until orzo is tender, about 12-13 min. 
  2. While orzo is simmering, heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a small skillet. Add in sage leaves and toast until crispy on both sides. Set sage leaves aside on a paper towel. 
  3. In the same skillet, toast pine nuts until slightly golden. Set aside. 
  4. Remove lemon peel before serving. Serve orzo with a few crispy sage leaves and a handful of toasted pine nuts. Enjoy! 

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