Photo: Francesco Tonelli; Styling: Tiziana Agnello
Hands-on Time
33 Mins
Total Time
33 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Orzo takes the place of Arborio rice in Orzotto with Green and White Asparagus--a risotto-style dish that turns rich and creamy as it's stirred to doneness. Tender asparagus and fresh lemon zest add the welcome flavors of spring in this pasta dish.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring stock to a simmer in a saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm.

Step 2

Heat a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add butter and oil; swirl to coat. Add scallions; cook 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add orzo; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in rind, juice, salt, and pepper. Add 1/2 cup stock to pasta mixture; cook 2 1/2 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring frequently. Reserve 1 cup stock. Add remaining stock, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently until each portion of stock is absorbed before adding the next (about 13 minutes). Stir in remaining 1 cup stock and asparagus; cook 7 minutes or until asparagus is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in half of cheese. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and parsley. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

ClassyCook's Review

June 15, 2016
This recipe was delicious. The only change I made was in using only green asparagus. My husband is not a fan of risotto, but he does like orzo, so this was a perfect compromise. I was impressed by the creaminess and flavor. 

AMF100's Review

March 27, 2013

kristen12345's Review

March 24, 2013

LDombeck's Review

March 05, 2013
I used whole wheat orzo and all green asparagus. This was good and tasty. I do love to make risottos and this took about the same effort and time. But I prefer a rice risotto for it's more creamy texture and flavor. So though this was good, I personally probably won't make it again just b/c if I am going to spend time making a risotto, I would prefer it with the rice.

Mmsilvernale's Review

March 02, 2013

Marilyn14's Review

February 28, 2013
Really tasty dinner. However, my asparagus were a bit undercooked so I think next time I will steam for a few minutes beforehand. Will definitely make again!

bluenilegrrl's Review

February 18, 2013

BenKing's Review

February 16, 2013
OUTSTANDING dish!!!! I used Whole Wheat Orzo instead. It came out great.