First of all, yes, this is similar to the Olive Pesto Pasta recipe. But is does have a different flavor. A little parmesan can make a big difference in taste.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Yield 3 bowls
6 oz Orzo Pasta
1 can Pitted Black Olives
Juice & zest from 1/2 of a lemon
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp Parmesan Grated Cheese
1/4 cup Arugula, Raw
note: use tarragon or basil if no arugula available
Cook orzo (one half the package) according to package directions and drain.
Chop the olives with the brine - add lemon juice, arugula & zest. I find this easiest to do in my "whizzer", aka mini food processor.
Mix everything then add Parmesan & arugula
Nutrition: per serving:
Calories 394,Total Fat 21.13g, Saturated Fat 2.17g, Cholesterol 3.33mg, Sodium 508.48mg, Total Carbohydrate 46.51g, Fiber 2.03g, Sugars 1.2g, Protein 8.38g
This is higher in fat than I usually prefer...but note the low saturated fat, that kind of makes up for it.