Thursday, June 21, 2012

Creamy Orzo with Asparagus & Parmesan

Every ‘Bonnie’ has her ‘Clyde’ … I am convinced Orzo & Asparagus are meant to be.

Consider this side dish to be an adult version of mac-n’-cheese, so to say.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with Orzo, orzo is an Italian pasta shape which resembles grains of rice. Orzo is a very versatile grain that can be made many different ways, today we are making Creamy Orzo with Asparagus & Parmesan. 

1 cup orzo
1 cup asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tbsp butter or margarine
1/4 to 1/2 cup cream
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper, to taste
water for boiling


Bring a large sauce pan of water (filled about halfway) to a boil over medium heat. The orzo will cook for a total of 10 minutes, after 5 minutes of boiling, add the cut asparagus to the pot. (this will allow the orzo and asparagus to cook in the same pot and keep the dishes to a minimum - you're welcome).

Once the orzo and asparagus are cooked and tender, drain and return to the pot.

Quickly add the parmesan cheese and butter. Stir thoroughly, allowing both the cheese and butter to melt. You want to add the cheese and butter while it is still hot to ensure the cheese and butter melt. 

Next, slowly add the cream to the mixture, while stirring, until you reach your desired consistency.  Season with salt and pepper.

You will be so happy you tried this recipe!  Let me know what you think. 

Listening to: Ani DiFranco – Hypnotized
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1 comment:

  1. This is super easy and looks fancy! I made a slight modification and added a dash of garlic powder...delish!!!