Lemon Orzo with Asparagus

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Prep Time

5-7 mins

Cook Time

14-16 mins

Free Time

to unload the dishwasher

Buttery orzo cooks to perfection with this one-dish wonder! Cook all ingredients together in the Anyday dish, stir and serve with extra parmesan. We love this as a vegetarian main or as a side.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cup (115g) orzo pasta
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • ½ cup (50 g) asparagus, cut into 1” pieces (about 6 spears)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • cup (350ml) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese


  1. Add olive oil, orzo, garlic powder, salt and pepper, asparagus, lemon zest, and chicken stock to the Anyday dish and stir well.
  2. Cook uncovered at Power Level 8tooltip for 14-16 minutes or until all the liquid has evaporated and the pasta is cooked.
  3. Add the butter and parmesan and stir well. Serve immediately.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • If asparagus is unavailable, use green beans, sugar or snap peas or zucchini.
  • Add some sour cream, greek yogurt or goat cheese for added richness. 
  • Add some chili flakes for an extra kick.

Recipe notes

  • If orzo pasta is unavailable try it with other small pasta such as ditalini pasta.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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