This Lemon Garlic Parmesan Orzo makes a perfect side dish or meal on its own.
This Lemon Garlic Parmesan Orzo with Roasted Asparagus is a fabulous spring dish. The lemon gives it a nice bright freshness and the crisp asparagus just screams Springtime.
Roasting veggies is my favorite way to make them. Just toss them on a baking sheet with some olive oil and seasoning.
This dish is perfectly filling as a stand alone or fantastic as a side dish to grilled chicken or steak. Great side dishes don’t come much easier then this one. Light cream sauce with garlicky Parmesan goodness and a touch of lemon, sure to be a new summer favorite.
Orzo really is under appreciated. Its super quick and easy and goes perfectly with some of my favorite recipes.
- Pan Seared Garlic Rib-Eye Steak
- Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri
- Filet Mignon with Garlic Herb Butter
- Grilled Tri Tip with Onions and Peppers
Orzo is tiny pasta not much larger then rice and you can enjoy it as a cold salad or warm side dish. I’d never had orzo pasta until about a year ago and boy have I been missing out, and it has quickly become a family favorite. It’s nice to make a pot of this on Sunday for quick meal or lunches throughout the week.
Lemon Garlic Parmesan Orzo with Roasted Asparagus
- 1 cup dried orzo
- 1 lb Asparagus
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons Lemon juice
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese -shredded
- 2 teaspoons Olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- fresh parsley
Cook orzo according to directions and set aside
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Cut 1-2 inches off the ends of the asparagus. Place asparagus on baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over asparagus and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. Roast for 8 minutes. Set aside and let cool. Then cut into bite size pieces.
In a skillet on medium heat add butter, once melted add garlic and cook until fragrant about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and add lemon juice, cream and Parmesan cheese. Whisk until combined and let simmer on low 1-2 minutes.
Add orzo and asparagus toss until combined.
Add salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley.