Pesto Orzo

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Looking for something a little lighter to compliment your summer dishes? Look no further than this lemony pesto orzo! The brightness of the pesto sauce combined with the comfort of this AIP-friendly “pasta” makes this a satisfying side dish or add a protein of your choice to make this your main entree.

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Serves: 6 servings
  • 8-oz box AIP-friendly orzo pasta such as the one I used in the recipe found here
  • 4-oz pesto sauce recipe here
  • 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • Olive oil for sautéing
  • Sea salt
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  1. In a medium pot, bring approximately 3 quarts of water to boil. Be sure to salt the water.
  2. Once boiling, add pasta and boil for 14 minutes or until al dente.
  3. Drain pasta and set aside.
  4. In a separate pan, sautée garlic in olive oil over medium high heat until just browned. Season with salt.
  5. Add orzo to pan and give a quick stir into the garlic and oil.
  6. Add your pesto sauce and stir, followed by a fresh squeeze of your half lemon and salt to your preferred taste.
  7. This may be served warm or at room temperature.
  8. Enjoy!


About Kris King

Kris is a wife and mommy to an amazing toddler boy. By day, she is a high school business teacher; by night, a creative who loves to cook! In 2016, she began chronicling her journey of switching to a paleo diet for fun on Instagram. However, a few years after that, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called myasthenia gravis. Having recently had her first child, life wasn’t slowing down and neither was she. She gained a new sense of hope when she discover the AIP. That, coupled with her determination to bounce back with renewed strength, she officially made the switch to paleo lifestyle, developing recipes to include many that are AIP-friendly. Since then, she’s managed to decrease inflammation significantly, and has discovered the body’s miraculous ability to heal. Kris is the author of Meals You Deserve, an AIP ebook collection of flavorful and fun recipes. Find more on Kris here: Fashioned2Inspire, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.


  • Debbie says

    Hi, I’m not seeing the orzo brand info…? It’s taking me to Instagram, but I can’t find a recipe. Thanks!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Debbie! I googled “cassava orzo” and came up with a couple options!

  • Isabella says

    Yes some of us don’t have instagram. Why wouldn’t the recipe just put th ingredients for the pesto in the recipe? Not well thought out.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Isabella! You don’t need to have Instagram to click the link above to get the recipe. Please remember that these recipes are free for you to use and enjoy.

  • Gabe says

    I too can’t find the recipe and would appreciate a direct link.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Gabe! I just checked the link above, and it goes to the recipe.

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