Lemon Orzo with Asparagus

Lemon Orzo with Asparagus

This Lemon Orzo with Asparagus is a simple, yet elegant dish that could be served as a side dish or starter.

I have a super simple side dish recipe to share with you today. I simply love this, it’s so fresh and delicious. If you’ve never cooked with orzo before, it’s actually an Italian dried pasta. The interesting fact is that orzo in Italian means barley so this is why each piece of orzo is the shape of an unprocessed grain of barley.

Orzo is very versatile, it can be used in soups or salads, or creamy risotto-like dishes, even casseroles. Orzo is perfect to use in stuffing peppers or tomatoes, the possibilities are endless. Here I chose to make a simple side dish with some fresh asparagus and a lemony dressing. We served it as a side dish to some delicious garlic and paprika chicken drumsticks, recipe will be shared later.


  • 1 lemon, zested
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1½ cup dry orzo pasta
  • ¼ cup fresh Parsley, chopped
Read the whole recipe on Jo Cooks