Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 12 mins

Have everything ready ahead of time because this goes quickly once you start cooking! From Southern Living.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine water and salt in a large Dutch oven; bring to a boil.
  2. Add orzo and cook 5 minutes.
  3. Add asparagus and cook 4 more minutes.
  4. Drain and set aside in a large serving bowl.
  5. Cook garlic and bell pepper in margarine and oil in Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until crisp-tender.
  6. Keep stirring, and add peas; cook another minute. Add broth, lemon rind, and white pepper; bring to a boil and cook one minute.
  7. Add vegetable mixture to orzo and asparagus; toss and top with parmesan cheese.
Most Helpful

Very tasty & has all my favorite ingredients. I didn't have lemon rind so I used lemon pepper instead (& omitted white pepper) and it worked great. I started buying fresh parmesan & it makes a hugh difference in these type of recipes. Thanks for sharing.

Mustang Sally 54269 August 13, 2009

Wonderful, we really enjoyed this. We had neighbors over for dinner and this was a big hit...I used frozen asparagus with no problems....squirted a little lemon juice in also with lemon pepper and it was yummy...

CIndytc June 12, 2007

This is delicious. I used frozen asparagus, which worked out fine. Also, I skipped the parmesan...definitely does not need it. There is plenty of good taste and flavor without it.

Ms*Bindy December 01, 2005