Orzo Pasta with Peas and Feta

This pasta with zesty feta cheese, sweet peas and the rich taste of butter makes a quick and easy meal that’s simple and satisfying.

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Serves: 6


  • 4 cup Italpasta Tradizionale Orzo
  • 2 cup chicken broth (sodium-reduced)
  • 2 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup butter, divided and cut into cubes
  • 3 shallots, diced
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, finely crumbled
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs (parsley, basil, and/or tarragon), finely chopped


  • In large saucepan, bring chicken broth to boil; cook pasta according to package directions, adding peas for last 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup (75 mL) cooking liquid.
  • Meanwhile, melt 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter in large skillet set over medium-low heat; cook shallots for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden and tender.
  • Add pasta, peas, reserved cooking liquid, remaining butter, salt and pepper to skillet; toss until pasta is well coated. Stir in feta and herbs.


  • For a lemony twist, stir in 1 tbsp (15 ml) freshly grated lemon zest and 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice at the end.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 470mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g