Lemon Asparagus Orzo is a fresh-tasting side dish that brings color to the table

Lemon Asparagus Orzo

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Fresh asparagus and bright lemons bring out the nutty flavor of tender orzo pasta and shaved Parmesan cheese in this easy side dish. Once you've enjoyed it as a side dish, check out the tips for turning leftovers into a whole new meal!
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  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 16 oz. uncooked orzo pasta
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ lb. fresh asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp. freshly grated lemon rind
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 chive stems for garnish optional


  • Bring the chicken broth to boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add orzo, stir well, and cook uncovered for 7 minutes. Add the asparagus, stir well, and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  • While orzo cooks, melt the butter in a large skillet. Add in minced garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Drain orzo and add to the skillet. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon rind, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish.