saffron orzo with asparagus

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

a side dish for any occasion and any main course

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. heat butter in skillet, add orzo and stir.
  2. add broth and saffron, bring to boil, cover, reduce heat to simmer, cook 8 minutes add asparagus, cover, cook 5 minutes more.
  3. uncover and simmer until liquid is absorbed.
  4. stir in parmesan cheese, salt, pepper.
  5. serve in a bowl garnished with shavings.
Most Helpful

Oh my...what's not to like about this recipe?! Not a thing that I can think of. DH and I recently saw orzo in the grocery store and never having had it before, we decided to buy a package and give it a try. We both love our home raised asparagus; chia sent me some saffron to give it a try and I just had to try it out in this. I am so very glad I did! I can't wait for asparagus season to begin again and the saffron crocuses Rita sent to produce...I plan to make this often! Thank you chia!

Cindy Lynn February 28, 2004

The perfect comfort food! I also make this dish without the asparagus. I like to stir it continuously the last 5 minutes of cooking time to get a really creamy texture.

sugarpea December 25, 2003

I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious. The combination of the asparagus and saffron was wonderful. Absolutely decadent. Thank you for posting.

Q & A's Mom April 06, 2012