Lemon Orzo with Parmesan, Kale, and Cherry Tomatoes

Looking for a side dish for dinner? Whip up this Parmesan-kissed Lemon Orzo with kale and cherry tomatoes. It’s fresh and flavorful!

Lemon Orzo with Parmesan, Kale, and Cherry Tomatoes

This quick cooking rice-shaped pasta is easily one of my favorites.

When I found myself with lots of extra kale and cherry tomatoes to use up, I knew a tasty little orzo dish was the way to go!

Tossing this pint-sized pasta with fresh veggies in a speedy lemon parmesan sauce was nothing sort of magical. I can’t wait for you to try it!

Lemon Orzo Pasta

serving suggestions for this tasty orzo side dish

This parmesan-kissed lemon orzo makes a lovely side dish for your favorite protein like grilled or roasted chicken or fish as well as alongside veggie burgers, various sandwiches, and so much more!

You can also serve it straight-up as a stand alone pasta dish that’s full of flavor!

Easy Lemon Orzo with Parmesan, Kale, and Cherry Tomatoes

Serving a crowd? Feel free to double the recipe if needed. You can also easily have the recipe if serving as a side dish for two. It’s super versatile and oh so tasty!

Have some left over? That’s cause for celebration! This dish reheats marvelously so feel free to save some for later.

Lemon Orzo with Parmesan, Kale, and Cherry Tomatoes
5 from 4 votes

Lemon Orzo with Parmesan, Kale, and Cherry Tomatoes

Looking for a side dish for dinner? Whip up this Parmesan-kissed Lemon Orzo with kale and cherry tomatoes. It's fresh and flavorful!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Orzo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 367 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 1.5 cups dry orzo pasta
  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lemon , juiced
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1.5 oz freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups kale , cleaned and chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth or chicken broth


  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add orzo and cook until al dente, approx 7-9 minutes. Drain orzo in a wire-mesh strainer and set aside.

  2. While orzo cooks chop kale, halve or quarter cherry tomatoes, and mince shallot.

  3. Next heat a pan to medium heat with ½ teaspoon olive oil. Add minced shallot to hot pan and stir often until tender, approx. 4-6 minutes.

  4. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper (to taste) and add lemon juice and broth.

  5. Add orzo and kale and mix well until kale has wilted and some of the liquid has been absorbed into the pasta. Stir in tomatoes, Parmesan and butter, then season with a pinch of salt and pepper, to taste.

  6. Optional: serve with lemon wedges to add an extra burst of citrus flavor, if you'd like! Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Orzo with Parmesan, Kale, and Cherry Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 253mg11%
Potassium 450mg13%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 3976IU80%
Vitamin C 59mg72%
Calcium 200mg20%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you get a chance to try this easy peasy lemon orzo recipe, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

oodles of orzo recipes

Around here we have a wee bit of an orzo obsession.

Since writing up my 8 awesome orzo recipes post, I’ve come up with several more to add to our recipe box including an epic Orzo Pasta Salad with chickpeas, edamame, and lots of veggies!

Looking for more ideas for your box of orzo pasta? Try these!

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  • Sheila

    I’m thinking this dish, which looks delicious, can be served either warm or cold, yes?

    • Yes absolutely Sheila! I like it both ways honestly! Cold it’s like a pasta salad and warm it’s super cozy and comforting.

  • Amy

    5 stars
    Yum–the whole family liked this one, and that’s saying something! We’ll be making this again.

  • 5 stars
    The Lemon Orzo with kale and cherry tomatoes is one of our favourite dishes!
    I use spinach instead of kale and cook a boneless chicken breast (cut it up) and it’s a meal for us! Delicious!

  • Amy Jackson

    I’m looking to buy a cook book. Do you have one to purchase?

    • Hi Amy! I don’t currently but hope to write one one someday! <3

  • Nellie Tracy

    5 stars
    This is a great spring/summer recipe! My family loves it!

  • Jessica

    5 stars
    This was one of the best side dishes I’ve ever prepared. The whole family loved it despite having kale. LOL.

    • Ahhh yay! So happy it was a hit!

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