Creamy Orzo with Asparagus & Parmesan

There are two dishes that I make often and always enjoy, and they couldn’t be more different.  Risotto and Orzo.  Say either one of these words and I feel like I’m being enveloped by a big down comforter.  Just a giant feeling of comfort.  This current dish exudes the same feeling.  Almost as if someone very special was reaching out for a huge hug.

Ingredients:

1 cup orzo
1 cup asparagus, cut into 1″ pieces
1 Tbs butter
¼ to ½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (I’ll admit it, I used about ½ cup)
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Bring a large sauce pan of water to a boil.  Cook the orzo until tender, about 10 minutes.  After 5 minutes, add asparagus to pot (allows flavors to meld and keeps clean up to a minimum, who doesn’t like that?!)

Once orzo and asparagus are cooked and tender, drain and return to pot.  Immediately add Parmesan cheese and butter, allowing both to melt. Slowly add cream to the mixture while stirring.  Continue to stir and add cream until desired consistency reached.

Season with salt and pepper.  Serve with some crusty bread and you’ve got a meal.  Or is a perfect side to a nice grilled steak or juicy roast chicken.

Serves 4

*Derived from sugarandaspice-celeste.blogspot



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