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Creamy Lemon Orzo with Peas and Ham

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Creamy Lemon Orzo with Peas and Ham
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 6
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Looking for a potluck-perfect pasta salad recipe? This easy side dish boasts a pop of freshness thanks to fresh herbs, lemon and tangy Greek yogurt.

Ingredients

1 1/4
cups uncooked orzo or rosamarina pasta
4
small lemons
1 1/2
cups cubed cooked ham
1
cup Yoplait® Greek 100 plain yogurt (from 2-lb container)
2
tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
1
shallot, finely chopped
1
box (9 oz) frozen sweet peas
1
cup chopped fresh mixed herbs (parsley, chives, dill weed, mint leaves, etc.)
1/2
cup sliced almonds, toasted
2
green onions, white and green parts thinly sliced

Directions

  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package; set aside to cool slightly.
  • 2 Meanwhile, into large bowl, grate peel of 1 lemon. Into measuring cup, squeeze enough lemon juice from lemons to measure 1/2 cup. Add 1/4 cup of the lemon juice to bowl of grated peel. Add pasta, and stir.
  • 3 Stir in ham, yogurt, mustard, salt, pepper and shallot until well combined. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 4 Meanwhile, cook and drain frozen peas as directed on box. Cool; add to chilled pasta mixture along with herbs, toasted almonds and sliced green onions. Stir until well combined. Add enough of remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice to desired taste, as well as more salt and pepper, if needed. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.
Yoplait is a registered trademark of YOPLAIT MARQUES (France) used under license.
Tips  

Use store-bought cubed cooked ham, or chop up some leftover cooked ham from a roast--both work great with this recipe.

Most any fresh herbs work well with this recipe, but bright-flavored herbs--like parsley, chives and dill--deliver the best taste.

To toast almonds, sprinkle in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until almonds begin to brown, then stirring constantly until almonds are brown.

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