Green Summer Orzo

Green Summer Orzo

A beautiful fresh summer dish. It also takes about 12 minutes to make. Easy.


Add a squeeze of fresh lemon onto each dish at the end.


  • 200g Petit Pois - £1.09

  • 100g Parmesan - £2.00

  • 500g Orzo - £1.20

  • 1 Lemon - £0.35

  • 200g Spinach - £0.95

  • Bunch of Basil - £0.70

  • Bunch of Mint - £0.70

  • Garlic - £0.30

  • 40g Pine Nuts - £2.25

  • Total Cost - £9.54


  1. Add orzo to a pan of boiling water.

  2. Toast your pine nuts.

  3. Into a blender, add a handful of fresh mint, a handful of fresh basil, 20g toasted pine nuts, 1 clove of garlic, the zest and juice of a lemon (save a bit of juice to squeeze over the dish at the end), 70g Spinach, 80g parmesan, salt, pepper and olive oil. Blitz until smooth.

  4. Add petit pois to pasta water just before pasta is ready. Cook for 30 seconds, then drain pasta and peas.

  5. Add pasta and peas to a wide pan. Pour over your spinach pesto. Mix everything together. Add your remaining spinach leaves. Mix them in until they wilt.

  6. Serve the orzo with some parmesan and pine nuts scattered on top. Squeeze on a bit more lemon juice and tuck in!