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Lemon Butter Orzo with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes

by Allison

Light and delicious, this Lemon Butter Orzo with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes would make the perfect side to any meal!

Lemon Butter Orzo

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Happy Spring ya’ll! Oh, I’m so happy that it’s finally Spring. Here in Minnesota, the weather is FINALLY starting to shape up. It’s been in the ’50s and ’60s and looks to be wanting to stay that way so I am definitely not complaining one bit at this point. Coming from -10 degree weather to this is a much-anticipated change. Yay!

 

With Spring comes all these delicious Spring flavors. This is one of my favorite times of year because all the veggies and fruits that are in season make for some amazing meals. Like this absolutely addicting Lemon Butter Orzo with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes.

Lemon Butter Orzo

Easy and delicious!

This is such a quick and easy side dish that you’ll want it for practically all your meals. It’s also just one of those simple meals that have such a wow factor that it will leave everyone full and satisfied. While I could make a complete meal out of this, we like to serve it as a side. It would be perfect for your upcoming Easter celebration!

Lemon Butter Orzo

The lemon in the lemon butter sauce really enhances the nice roasted flavor of the asparagus and tomatoes that are gently tossed with some olive oil and salt and pepper before going into the oven for a quick roast. Everything is then tossed together and you can serve this either warm or cold. That’s the beauty of this meal, it tastes amazing either way!

Lemon Butter Orzo

The veggies roast up in under 15 minutes and the pasta and sauce takes even less than that. So you can have this meal on your table from start to finish in less than 30 minutes! Serve it up with some ham and dinner rolls and you have yourself the absolute best meal ever!

Lemon Butter Orzo

 

So if you’re looking for a quick and easy–and seriously tasty–meal to switch up your normal side dish routine I highly recommend whipping up this Lemon Butter Orzo with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes. You won’t be sorry!

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Lemon Butter Orzo with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes

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Lemon Butter OrzoLight and delicious this Lemon Butter Orzo with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes would make the perfect side to any meal!

Ingredients

1 (16 oz) pkg orzo, cooked according to package directions

1 cup chopped asparagus

1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

Shredded Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper for taste

Sauce:

1 stick butter

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp minced garlic

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. On baking sheet spread your asparagus and tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for about 10-15 minutes or until tender and asparagus is slightly browning, remove from oven.
  2. Meanwhile cook your pasta according to package directions, drain and place in serving bowl.
  3. To make sauce in small saucepan melt your butter on medium heat, add the remaining ingredients and simmer for a few minutes to make fragrant. Pour your sauce over your orzo and stir in your veggies and salt and pepper until coated.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired Serve warm or cold.

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12 comments

Kayla April 2, 2017 - 9:47 am

Can you make his ahead?

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Maria April 20, 2017 - 9:36 pm

You can reheat it!

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Lauren April 3, 2017 - 5:03 am

This looks wonderful! I love orzo and this would absolutely be a main dish for us as we like to eat meatless meals a few nights each week. Served with a salad and some muffins — perfect! Pinning!

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Donna April 30, 2017 - 5:56 pm

Made this as a side with cajun shrimp. A perfect pair. Easy and delicious!

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Kiwi May 24, 2017 - 11:21 am

Hey! I tried this as dinner for me and my friends this evening and it was a hit! Super delicious and simple. I replaced the butter with some herb butter and it was wonderful. Thank you for this <3 Only complaint would be that the butter amount is a bit excessive. Just gonna cut it down a little next time 😀

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Maria May 25, 2017 - 4:05 pm

I am so happy to hear that!

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Sandra July 17, 2017 - 10:39 pm

This is wonderful! I made it with grilled scallops which made it a delicious meal!

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Maria July 18, 2017 - 10:30 am

That sounds like an AMAZING combo!

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Debi January 3, 2018 - 4:29 pm

I doubled the sauce ingredients and added bay scallops and shrimp. It was delicious.

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Maria March 14, 2018 - 10:13 am

Sounds like an amazing meal. I will have to try mine this way.

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Harriet August 28, 2019 - 12:43 am

I’ve been looking for a simple side dish to go with roast chicken, and your photos of this dish have won me over. I’ll be making this soon. Thanks.

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Sharon August 29, 2019 - 2:01 pm

Love this recipe! So simple to make and perfect for summer hot or cold. Served with salad and voila….done!! Thank you!!

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