Orzo with Artichoke Hearts and Peas

Orzo is a small, rice shaped pasta. Whole wheat orzo is higher in both protein and fiber than brown rice and cooks in less than 10 minutes! This quick dinner highlights fresh spring produce and can be put together quickly and easily. It can be served hot or cold. Use this as a main dish or a healthy side at your next barbecue.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

1/2 lb dry whole wheat orzo pasta
1 cup fresh English peas, washed
1 cup artichoke hearts, washed and chopped (fresh, canned or frozen)
1 medium shallot, minced
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 cup low sodium chicken broth (or veggie)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped (or 1 tbsp dried)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
parmesan cheese (optional)

Step by Step Instructions:
1. Cook orzo according to package directions

2. Sautee shallot and onion in olive oil on medium heat until soft, 3-4 minutes

3. Add artichoke hearts, reduce to low heat and saute 2-3 mintues

4. Add peas and saute another 2 minutes

5. Add broth, basil, salt and pepper and simmer on low for 5 minutes

6. Toss with cooked orzo

7. Serve with parmesan cheese

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