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Lemon Parmesan Orzo with tomatoes in a green bowl
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Lemon Parmesan Orzo in Instant Pot

Instant Pot Lemon Parmesan Orzo pasta with garlic, cherry tomatoes and parsley is a perfect side dish. It is very quick and easy to make pressure cooker orzo pasta! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: instant pot orzo, lemon parmesan orzo, pressure cooker orzo
Diet: Nut-free, Vegetarian
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Servings: 6
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Meeta Arora


  • 2 tbsp Butter or Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 cup Orzo
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 3/4 cups Broth or Water
  • 1 cup Parmesan grated
  • 3 tbsp Parsley chopped
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes washed and sliced in half (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste


  • Start the instant pot in Sauté mode and let it heat. Add butter and orzo pasta. Saute for about 3 minutes until some orzo pieces turn brown. Keep stirring continuously, else it can burn.
  • Add garlic and stir it in with the toasted orzo.
  • Add broth and stir well. Press cancel and close lid with vent in sealing position. 
  • Pressure cook at high pressure for 3 minutes. When the cooking time is done, quick release the pressure manually. 
  • Open the instant pot, then add parmesan, parsley, cherry tomatoes and lemon juice. Stir well and let it sit for 2-3 mins.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Lemon Parmesan Orzo is ready to be enjoyed.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 1mg