Lemony Orzo Pasta with Asparagus

A quick dinner made with lemon and asparagus.  Toss with some chicken or shrimp and you have a whole meal!

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
220 kcal


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups Orzo pasta
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound asparagus stalks cut into bite size pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring water to boil in large saucepan.
  2. Add Orzo and cook until slightly tender. About 10 minutes.
  3. Toss asparagus into water with the Orzo.
  4. Continue to cook another 2-3 minutes until asparagus is fork tender.
  5. Drain and pour pasta and asparagus back into pan.
  6. Add lemon juice and zest, parmesan and butter.
  7. Stir until blended,
  8. Salt and pepper to taste and serve!
Nutrition Facts
Lemony Orzo Pasta with Asparagus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 146mg6%
Potassium 166mg5%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 510IU10%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.