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Orzo with Asparagus and Almonds

6 servings
Sides

Characteristics

Vegetarian

Nutritional Facts Per Serving

246
Calories
9.6 g
Protein
34.7 g
Carbs
1.3 g
Fibre
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Nutritional Facts

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
  • Calories 246
  • Fat 7.7 g
    • Saturated   1.7 g
    • + Trans 
  • Cholesterol 5 mg
  • Sodium   367 mg
  • Carbohydrate 34.7 g
    • Fibre   1.3 g
    • Sugars  
  • Protein 9.6 g
    • Vitamin A 5 %
    • Vitamin C 3 %
    • Calcium 9 %
    • Iron 8 %

Method

Cook the orzo in boiling, lightly salted water until just tender, about 7 to 8 minutes. Add the asparagus to the pot and cook 1 minute more. When cooked, drain the orzo and asparagus well, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.
Place the orzo and asparagus, reserved cooking liquid, cheese, pesto, almonds, salt and pepper in a serving bowl. Toss everything to combine and serve.

Note: To toast almonds, place them in a single layer in a small baking pan. Bake in a 300 degrees F oven for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the orzo as a side dish for an entree you create from a recipe in our website collection, such as Prosciutto-wrapped Chicken Breasts with Mozzarella, or Cross Rib Steaks Braised with Mushrooms, Green Olives and Tomatoes.

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