Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Lemon and Asparagus Orzo Recipe

May 1, 2013

Lemon and Asparagus Orzo Recipe

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going great! It's been a relaxing week for us so far, and I'm SO looking forward to Friday. My brother, sister and sister in law go garage saleing together the first Friday of May every year and we always find some awesome deals. I'm a huge garage sale junkie and go all the time in the spring and summer, but it's so much more fun with family! Hopefully I find some great blogging dishes and clothes for my daughter!

I just love simple side dish recipes. This orzo is very simple and so full of flavor! It makes a pretty big batch, so if there's only a couple of you, I would cut the recipe in half. We had tons of leftovers. If you don't like asparagus, try adding some different veggies, or you could skip the veggies all together! Enjoy!!

Lemon and Asparagus Orzo
by Sheena

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo
  • 1 cup fresh asparagus, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, as desired
In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add orzo, reduce heat to medium, and cook until liquid is absorbed. Within the last 3 minutes of cooking the orzo, stir in the asparagus.
When the orzo is cooked though, add butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley and black pepper. Serve immediately!
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  1. this looks very tasty! cant wait to try it :)

    1. Thanks!! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Glad you stopped by! :)

  2. I love orzo! I found you from the Marvelous Monday party. I would love it if you would share at my party:

  3. This sounds so good. I love spring when asparagus is in season.

  4. I just adore orzo. It is so fun - looks like rice but tastes like pasta. Your addition of lemon and asparagus is a great combination.

  5. I have been looking for more asparagus recipes! This one will be on my menu for sure!

    Thanks for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I look forward to seeing more of your great recipes next week!

    Cynthia at

  6. This looks like a refreshing side dish. I love the lemon/asparagus combination. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinned and shared on Facebook!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  7. So simple - and reminds me of spring :)

  8. Grace had to make this for her cooking class at school, but she was gone that day so we made it at home!! And then I find it on your blog today! Too funny! She had to add Parmesan cheese though and didn't use parsley.

  9. Sheena, This post is being featured on my Lemon Love 50 recipe round up. Thanks for previously linking it to my Tasty Thursdays party. Enjoy!! Nichi


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