How To: Quickie Meal – Orzo with Cheese and Peas


During my first couple university years, Lipton’s Side Kicks made a regular appearance on my dinner table.

From Asian noodles to cheesy linguine, I felt like I was making a gourmet meal when all I was really doing was opening up a bag and boiling a pot of water. But they were delicious, fast, and cheap, what more could a first year university student living away from home for the first time want?



Now I still indulge my early twenties self now and then with a package of gourmet noodles, but this cheesy orzo with peas tastes even better, has only 6 ingredients, and is just as easy.



And you can pronounce all the ingredients – orzo, peas, butter, cheese, and milk. Got it? That’s all it takes to make this grown up take on the classic mac and cheese.


This dish is great on it’s own, great as a side, and great straight from the pot too. My only mistake was not making a double batch.



Orzo with Cheese and Peas

Serves 2 as a main, 4 as a side
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish, Side Dish
Website Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats


  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup cheddar (grated)
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan (grated)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup skim milk
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


This cheesy orzo is great as a vegetarian main or a side for chicken or salmon.


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a small handful of salt. Add orzo and cook according to package directions. Add frozen peas during the last minute of cooking. Drain, and place back in pot, off the heat.
2. Add butter, cheese, and milk and mix until cheese and butter has melted and pasta comes together nicely. You may need to add some more milk, a little at a time, until it comes together (I needed 1/2 cup). Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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