8 Reviews

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!

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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.

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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.

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Q & A's Mom April 06, 2012

I've had this saved since last year waiting for asparagus season and finally we've tried it. To be honest, when our homegrown veg are in season, I do a recipe almost exactly like this but without saffron. Anyway, it was really good and a great, light meal and quick for a weekday night when Wimbledon is on, so no time to concentrate on cooking a complecated meal.

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Bridget C June 24, 2010

Fantastic! What a find this recipe is....I had a little saffron in my cupboard and fresh asparagus. Served this with tortillia crusted tilapia for an elegant, fabulous Tuesday night dinner fit for a king...Thanks for the recipe!

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CIndytc April 28, 2009

I have made this recipe numerous times, but with less saffron. I have also made it without the saffron, and it is tasty that way, too. Another time, I used fresh green beans and sprinkled with slivered almonds. We sprinkle more parmesan over it, plus fresh ground pepper. It is a nice combination of flavours, and is great served as a side to salmon, which is in season the same time as asparagus. Nice, easy recipe.

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dianabanana August 05, 2006

We thought the flavor of this was very good. We used it without the asparagus. My main "concern" about this recipe as written is that 1/2 tsp. of crushed saffron is a lot and also very expensive. I question if this is a true measurement. Although we live in the US we travel abroad several times a year and I get my saffron in Portugal or Spain so it is less expensive. I used .3 grams and it seemed enough for the dish. Kay S

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Kay S May 10, 2004

MY DH didn`t like this but I liked it more so it a definite 10 stars in my book! This is comfort food. I just love saffron. Especially when it`s home grown!

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Rita~ March 28, 2003
saffron orzo with asparagus