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Caesar Orzo with Asparagus Recipe

Caesar Orzo with Asparagus Recipe

Looking for something a little different to dress up pasta? This creamy side dish is a favorite with family and friends at Karen Hoyle’s Excelsior, Minnesota home. “My teenage sons love it so much, they’ll eat any vegetable I use!” MAKE IT EASY: Great side dishes don’t come much more versatile than this, says Karen Hoyle. “I’ve also made it with broccoli and creamy Italian dressing or added cooked chicken or ham for a quick bulked-up main dish.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup fat-free creamy Caesar salad dressing
  • 2/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring broth and water to a boil. Add orzo; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add asparagus. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until orzo and asparagus are tender, stirring frequently; drain. Stir in salad dressing and cheese; toss to coat. Yield: 12 servings.