Orzo pasta is tossed with the creamiest lemon sauce and packed with healthy Spring asparagus. The perfect lunch or side dish at dinner time, this orzo pasta with asparagus dish will be at the top of your list this Spring and Summer. Elegant but simple, kids and guests will make it disappear quickly.
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Creamy Lemon Orzo Pasta With Asparagus
I am a huge fan of anything with lemon in it. I tend toward bright, fresh flavors, and I get really excited when the season changes from Winter to Spring. It seems more acceptable or better or something… to eat lighter, fresher, and brighter. I mean, I’m not giving up that dessert life but I’m going fresh 90% of the day from here on out. Asparagus is the ultimate fresh ingredient this time of year, and it pairs so well with lemon.
Greek yogurt makes this sauce creamy and light. You can serve this orzo pasta warm or cold; we ate it warm as soon as it was ready. I also ate it later standing in front of the fridge…just saying…I know for a fact that this is good cold too.
THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO EAT THIS:
- This is a great side dish at dinner, I would love it beside thin & crispy pan-fried chicken.
- Don’t forget about lunch. This is so easy to make you can whip it up for a family lunch. Add burrata to make it a meal.
- My eight year old and one year old ate this like it was going out of business. Plates = empty. If you struggle to get your kids to eat actual food (me), this one is a winner.
- Eat it cold if there are leftovers. Straight out of the fridge. With the door open and a spoon in hand. Not saying anyone has done that…or anything.
What Goes In This Cute Little Pasta Side Dish?
- Orzo pasta: Easy to find at the grocery store. I used whole wheat but you can substitute white orzo.
- Asparagus: Fresh asparagus works best.
- Greek Yogurt: I used plain nonfat Greek yogurt. This forms the base of the lemony sauce.
- Light Mayo: Substitute full fat mayo if needed. This adds the creaminess to the lemony sauce and helps it hold up.
- Lemon Zest and Juice: Gives the bright lemony flavor to the sauce. Use fresh lemon.
- Salt and Pepper: Sahhh salt and peppa’s here. It’s not the same without it.
How Do You Make Lemon Orzo Pasta With Asparagus?
- Bring water to a boil in a skillet; add orzo.
- Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add asparagus when the orzo is halfway done. Stir, stir, stir, to release the gluten from the pasta. This will thicken the sauce and make it even creamier. Cook for 5 more minutes until orzo and asparagus are cooked through.
- Stir in the lemony sauce.
- Serve this with extra lemon on the side and chopped parsley on top.
- Admire it.
THIS GOES GREAT WITH:
- Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken
- Instant Pot Panera Creamy Tomato Soup
- Asiago Roasted Asparagus
- Spicy Oven Grilled Catfish
- Lemon Thyme Finishing Salt
- Easy Summer Squash And Zucchini Skillet
1 1/2 cups whole wheat orzo pasta
1 tsp salt
3 cups water
2 cups fresh asparagus, chopped
FOR THE SAUCE:
1 Lemon, zested; half juice
1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
In a bowl, combine: mayo, yogurt, salt, pepper, lemon zest. Stir to combine
Add lemon juice, stirring quickly
In a large skillet, bring water to a boil and add salt, reduce to medium heat
Add orzo, stirring frequently
Cook for 5 minutes and add asparagus
Cook for 5 more minutes and begin stirring frequently to release gluten into the remaining water, pasta will start to become creamy.
Remove from heat and stir in sauce
- Category: Side Dishes
- Method: Simmer
- Cuisine: Italian
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