Lemon Parmesan Orzo

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes


  • 1½ cups uncooked orzo
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice from half of the zested lemon
  • 1½ cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Press the Sauté-Then-Simmer® function on your cooker. Coat the inner pot with olive oil and allow it to heat.
  2. Add the orzo to the pot and cook, stirring frequently with a long-handled wooden or heat-safe spoon, until it becomes toasted and lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the minced garlic and thyme to the orzo and cook until fragrant.
  4. Pour in 1 cup of the vegetable broth and stir to combine. Allow the broth to come to a boil, then pour in another cup of broth. Repeat this process until all of the vegetable broth has been added and the mixture is at a rolling boil.
  5. Close the lid of the cooker and allow the orzo to cook for 14-16 minutes, or until it is tender and most of the broth has been absorbed.
  6. Manually switch the cooker to the Keep Warm mode.
  7. Stir in the lemon zest, juice, and frozen peas. Continue stirring until the peas are warmed through, about 3 minutes.
  8. Add in the grated Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir until the cheese is melted and the ingredients are well combined.
  9. Serve the flavorful orzo dish as a delicious side or a satisfying main course.