Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Parmesan Orzo with Asparagus

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 servings
1/2 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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29 comments:

Amber said...

Three of my favorite foods... orzo, parm and asparagus. Looks delicious!

Muriel Miller said...

Wow this sounds delicious!

Vardhini said...

Love asparagus .. orzo is new to me. Got to try it out.

Vardhini
Event: Fast food not Fat food

marina {yummy mummy} said...

I think orzo is my favorite pasta. I has a very comforting quality for me. Love your recipe.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious flavourful combination with orzo
Torviewtoronto and Createwithmom

The Hall Family said...

I love asparagus and so do the kids. Perfect meal!

Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

Sounds delightful, I love orzo! By the way, I don't think I told you, I love the blog design!

Susan said...

Wow, Sabrina - this looks great & sounds easy! I'll definitely try it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum said...

Looks great Sabrina! Shout out to you on my blog today:

http://pinchofyum.com/post/7298980138/greek-salad-with-paprika-croutons

:)

Sue/the view from great island said...

I like the idea of using orzo. I usually rely on cous-cous and I need to branch out. It's nice that great asparagus seems to be available year round these days, but these tiny stalks are the best!

Wanna Be A Country Cleaver said...

Oh my goodness does this ever look so perfect for summer!! Yum! ~Megan

Tina @flourtrader said...

Great side dish for summer-I have bookmarked this. There are not that many recipes out there that uses asparagus, so it will come in handy. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

Emily @ Life on Food said...

What a great summer meal, looks delicious!

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Great combination of flavors. Love them all! I like your blog!

Christina said...

So easy and simple. Love it, perfect idea for a summer side dish. Definitely trying!

Kelly said...

Yummy! What a healthy, delicious recipe, I must try this myself! :)

Kate@Diethood said...

This orzo dish sounds wonderful! Lovely flavors!

Sandra said...

Ohh dear..this sounds amazingly delicious and so balanced..perfect for this weather!!!

Lindselicious said...

Looks delish Sabrina! I love orzo, for some reason it seems like a funner pasta to me.

Kim - Liv Life said...

Oh, Sabrina! This is totally my kind of dish! Creamy orzo is my absolute favorite, add in that parmesean and you have a true winner. The asparagus steps it up even more! I love this one!!

Aggie said...

This is so my kind of dish. I love orzo! looks delicious!

Val said...

When am I getting invited over for dinner???

RavieNomNoms said...

That could most definitely be a meal for me! Looks incredible!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Lovely orzo course. This is an asparagus dish I can get into.

Glad I found your blog.

Spicie Foodie said...

Hi, I love orzo and yours is one I could eat every week. Gorgeous photos and blog :)

Hester aka The Chef Doc said...

I love simple salads like this! I'm also a sucker for orzo-anything ;-)

The Mom Chef said...

Fantastic idea. I tend to go brain dead when it comes to thinking up good, tasty side dishes. I even have orzo but can never figure out what to do with it. This is perfect! You're right; it would go well with any grilled dish. Thanks for passing along the recipe.

Erin said...

This sound delicious! Asparagus is one of my favorites. Orzo is so versatile, but so yummy! Great dish!

Mandy @ Cater to Me said...

What a beautiful summer dish! Orzo is so cute, and seems to lend itself perfectly to side dish recipes!

 

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