Orzo and Asparagus

Here is an easy side dish. You can manipulate it to serve your tastes. Orzo pasta is the rice shaped pasta. If you don’t like lemon just leave it out. It serves to brighten the flavor of the asparagus.

1/2 stick butter (not margarine)
2 tsp garlic
1 tbl fresh parley or 2 tsp dried
1 lb asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 lb orzo pasta
1 tsp lemon juice

Boil the pasta 5 minutes, then add the asparagus and boil together for 3 minutes. During this time, put the butter and garlic into a skillet. Saute the garlic and brown the butter (don’t burn). Then drain the pasta and asparagus and add to the butter mixture. Stir then add lemon juice and parsley. Stir and serve.

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