Here is another perfect side dish to go along with your summer grilling recipes! We enjoyed this dish with some marinated chicken kebobs. It was quick and easy and done in 15 minutes!
Parmesan Orzo with Asparagus
recipe by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
yields 4 to 6 servings1/2 lb orzo pasta
2 cups asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
zest of one lemon
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup pasta water
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt & pepper
Cook orzo according to package instructions. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 of the starchy pasta water.
Bring a small pan of water to a boil. Cook asparagus for 3 to 4 minutes. While cooking, prepare an ice bath is a small bowl to dump asparagus into when done. This will stop the cooking of the asparagus and keep them a bright green.
Toss Orzo with asparagus, cheese, pasta water, lemon zest, garlic, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately.
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