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Cheesy Asparagus Orzo Pasta Salad

Marybeth Feutz
Are you looking for a simple, light, easy-to-make side dish? This Cheesy Asparagus Orzo Pasta Salad is full of fresh asparagus and melty Parmesan cheese, perfect for a summer cookout or any meal!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side
Cuisine American
Servings 4 -6 servings


For the asparagus:

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the pasta salad:

  • 2 cups cooked orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


Roast the asparagus:

  • Place the asparagus on a lipped baking sheet.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the asparagus, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Toss the asparagus to coat.
  • Bake the asparagus at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, tossing occasionally, until tender.
  • When asparagus is cool enough to handle, cut it into bite-size pieces.

Assemble the pasta salad.

  • In a large skillet, combine the cooked orzo, cooked asparagus, and shredded Parmesan.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes until everything is heated through and the cheese is melted.
  • Serve immediately.
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