One-Skillet Lemon Orzo Risotto

with asparagus, spinach, and Sweety Drop peppers

$9.95 per serving

Prep & Cook Time: 25-35 min.

Cook Within: 7 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Spice Level: Mild

Contains: Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soy, Tree Nuts

A note about serious food allergies

Labor-intensive risotto takes a detour through easy-town in this delicious risotto variation. Bright lemon citrus pairs perfectly with asparagus, spinach, and Sweety Drop peppers. So easy. So quick. So yummy. So what are you waiting for? Let's do this thing.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • 6 oz. Orzo Pasta
  • 6 oz. Asparagus
  • ½ oz. Seasoned Croutons
  • 1½ oz. Sweety Drop Peppers
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 tsp. Vegetable Base
  • 1 oz. Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ⅗ oz. Butter
  • 2 oz. Spinach
  • 2 Tbsp. Basil Pesto
  • Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
    659
  • Carbohydrates
    81g
  • Fat
    24g
  • Protein
    21g
  • Sodium
    1376mg

Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Large Pan
  • 1 Wire-Mesh Strainer

Before You Cook

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    Cook the Orzo

    Bring a large pan with 3 cups generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, add orzo pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, 7-10 minutes. Ladle out 1 cup pasta water. Drain pasta in a wire-mesh strainer. Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean. While orzo cooks, prepare ingredients.

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    Prepare the Ingredients

    Trim woody ends off asparagus and cut into 1" pieces on an angle. Crush croutons into small crumbs. Coarsely chop Sweety Drop peppers. Zest lemon, halve, and juice.

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    Sauté the Asparagus

    Return pan used to cook to orzo to medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add asparagus and cook until beginning to caramelize, 3-4 minutes. Combine reserved pasta water and vegetable base. Reduce heat to medium and stir in pasta water-vegetable base mix to pan.

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    Start the Orzo Risotto

    Reduce heat to medium-low and return drained orzo to pan. Stir in Parmesan, butter, and half the crushed croutons (reserve remaining for garnish).

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    Finish the Orzo Risotto

    Add spinach, Sweety Drop peppers (to taste), and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice to pan. Cook until spinach wilts and risotto thickens, 1-2 minutes. Remove from burner and add ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper. Taste, and add more salt and pepper, if desired.

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    Plate the Dish

    Place a serving of orzo risotto on a plate or in a shallow bowl. Garnish with lemon zest, basil pesto, and remaining crushed croutons.