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    Lemon Garlic Parmesan Orzo with Roasted Asparagus

    1 lb Asparagus
    2 teaspoons Olive oil
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1 1/2 cups dried orzo
    4 tablespoons butter
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons all purpose flour
    1 cup low sodium chicken stock
    2 tablespoons Lemon juice
    2/3 cup heavy cream
    3/4 cup Parmesan cheese -(shredded or grated)
    Fresh parsley for garnish
    Roasted grape tomatoes, optional

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees

    Cut 1-2 inches off the ends of the asparagus. Place asparagus on baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over asparagus and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. Roast for 8 minutes or until tender. Set aside and let cool. Then cut into bite size pieces.If adding the grape tomatoes, roast them at the same time.

    Heat a pot of water on medium high heat and cook orzo to al dente, drain and set aside.

    In a skillet on medium heat add butter, once melted add garlic and cook until fragrant about 1 minute.

    Stir in flour and cook for 30 seconds.

    Whisk in chicken stock, lemon juice, let simmer 2-3 minutes until thickened.

    Reduce heat and add in cream and Parmesan cheese. Whisk until combined.

    Add orzo and asparagus toss until combined.

    Add salt and pepper to taste, it will thicken as it sits.

    Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley.

    If your asparagus is really thick or skinny then adjust the roasting time accordingly.
    Use fresh parmesan cheese (found in the cheese section) not the stuff in the green container.
    Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
    Add some shredded chicken or bacon or beef in this easy recipe.

    Charlene’s notes 3-22-2023: This was easy and excellent. I had some partly dried out grape tomatoes that I halved and roasted with the asparagus and added some in while I was eating it. I will definitely add these in the future too.​