Asparagus Orzo

Perfect for a fancy dinner or quick weeknight dinner

Why You'll Love It

– It's a great side dish that pairs perfectly with with fish, chicken and beef. – Easy side dish can be whipped up in just 20 minutes. – Vegetarian friends and family will love this asparagus recipe as a main dish.


– Fresh Asparagus – Orzo Pasta – Fresh Lemon Juice & Lemon Zest – Butter – Salt and Black Pepper – Garlic – Parmesan Cheese – Milk – Fresh Herbs like parsley and basil are optional.

Step 1:

Cook orzo using the package directions

Step 2:

To a large sauce pan add 3 Tbsp butter and 2 cloves minced garlic. Over medium heat cook until butter begins to brown and garlic softens. Careful not to burn the garlic.

Step 3:

To the same sauce pan, add prepared asparagus, 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper. Saute until asparagus is tender.

Step 4:

Add in cooked hot orzo, lemon zest from 1 lemon, 3-4 tablespoons of lemon juice and ½ cup Parmesan cheese.

Step 5:

Next, pour in ¼ cup milk and mix until everything is well combined

Step 6:

Garnish with extra Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and lemon slice

Tips & Substitutions

– Cook the orzo in chicken broth or chicken stock for additional flavor. – Substitute green beans, snap peas or even broccoli for the asparagus. – For a tangy flavor add ½ cup of feta cheese. – Green onions are also an excellent garnish.