Lemon-Herb Grilled Lamb Chops with Orzo


8 (4-oz) lamb rib chops
(or 4 (8-oz) loin chops) 

1/3 cup olive oil 

2 whole lemons, thinly sliced, ends removed

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 Tbsp chopped fresh marjoram leaves

½ tsp salt 

¼ tsp pepper 

1 (16-oz) package orzo (rice-shaped pasta) 

1 large tomato, chopped 

1 cucumber, seeded and chopped

Preparation:   Serves 4

Combine all ingredients except orzo, tomato and cucumber in a large, zip-top plastic bag. Seal and chill 2 to 3 hours, turning bag occasionally.

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Remove lamb from marinade and discard marinade. Grill lamb chops 2 to 5 minutes per side, depending on desired doneness. (For loin chops, grill 5 to 8 minutes per side.)  

Meanwhile, prepare the orzo according to the package instructions. Add the tomato and cucumber, stir, and season with salt. Serve chops over orzo mixture.

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