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Garlic Butter Asparagus Pasta – Orzo Pasta and fresh Asparagus tossed in a garlic butter sauce and parmesan cheese.  It’s a 20-minute, garlicky, cheesy, and amazing side dish!

Garlic Butter Asparagus Pasta - Orzo Pasta and fresh Asparagus tossed in a garlic butter sauce and parmesan cheese. It's a 20-minute, garlicky and cheesy pasta dinner! Get the recipe on

And so it begins! Spring recipes ALL the things!

Buuuuut, if I am going to be perfectly honest, this “spring weather” is still beggin’ for Minestrone Soup and Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake.

So, Hellooooh, friends! How are you?? Spring Break is next week for us and we have ZERO plans. Staycationing is the way to go. All the cool kids are doing it!
Besides, our planned one-month summer break in Macedonia should make up for it. Can’t WAIT!


Also in the good-news bucket, THIS creamy orzo pasta recipe with 6 INGREDIENTS + 20 MINUTES = 1-0 for us!

Garlic Butter Asparagus Pasta - Orzo Pasta and fresh Asparagus tossed in a garlic butter sauce and parmesan cheese. It's a 20-minute, garlicky and cheesy pasta dinner! Get the recipe on

Garlic Butter is the sauce of Gods. It has to be. Just look at that layer of golden orzo and beautiful asparagus covered in said buttery amazingness… music to my tummy.


This is one of those side dishes that forces me to go back and steal just one more bite (make that TEN) while I’m packing it up to put away in the fridge. Or worse? Packing it up into my husband’s lunch container! That means I’ll never see it again! Or at least not until I make it again… which will be tomorrow.

  1. Add butter to a skillet, stir in garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Continue to stir so the garlic doesn’t burn.
  2. Then, stir in the prepared orzo and asparagus stalks, along with the cheese, milk, parsley, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for 1 minute, garnish with parmesan cheese, and serve.

Garlic Butter Asparagus Pasta - Orzo Pasta and fresh Asparagus tossed in a garlic butter sauce and parmesan cheese. It's a 20-minute, garlicky and cheesy pasta dinner! Get the recipe on

IF your Friday night plans included pizza and a movie, scratch that. No, not the movie! Just the pizza. Trust me, the Garlic Butter Asparagus Pasta comes together WAY quicker than any pizza ever could. EVEN the frozen kind. Yep, faster than delivery, too!

Come awn, git ‘er done!




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Garlic Butter Asparagus Pasta - Orzo Pasta and fresh Asparagus tossed in a garlic butter sauce and parmesan cheese. It's a 20-minute, garlicky and cheesy pasta dinner! Get the recipe on

Garlic Butter Asparagus Pasta

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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Orzo Pasta and fresh Asparagus tossed in a garlic butter sauce and parmesan cheese. It’s a 20-minute, garlicky, cheesy, and amazing side dish!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 295


  • 1 cup dry orzo
  • 1- pound fresh asparagus , tips only (cut the asparagus about 2 to 3-inches from the top)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/4- cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • shredded parmesan cheese for garnish , optional


  • Prepare orzo according to the directions on the package.
  • Add the asparagus tips to the orzo the last 2-minutes of cooking.
  • Remove from heat and drain.

In the meantime prepare the garlic-butter sauce.

  • Add butter to a skillet and melt over medium heat.
  • Stir in garlic and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring very frequently. Do not burn the garlic.
  • Add orzo and asparagus to the skillet; stir in the cheese, milk, parsley, salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 1 minute, or until heated through.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish with parmesan cheese.
  • Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Butter Asparagus Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 204mg9%
Potassium 333mg10%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1360IU27%
Vitamin C 8.4mg10%
Calcium 121mg12%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Keywords: asparagus recipes, side dish recipes, vegetarian dish

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58 Responses
  1. Jodi

    Delicious!! I halved the amount of orzo, parmesan and milk and decreased the butter to 1tbs to make a smaller amount. It was perfect for me and my husband. Had it with some lemon pepper chicken.

  2. Michelle

    Just whipped this up and it’s so delicious! Love the creamy texture. I added little grape tomatoes and some baby spinach into the melted butter and garlic mixture. Great side dish! Thanks for the recipe <3

  3. Vera

    Delicous and easy to prepare. I have made this several times and it never disappoints.

    Yesterday, I used Kerrigold Garlic & Herb butter instead of plain butter, and it added some great flavor, and if you can find it, I suggest trying it.

    I also added some grilled shrimp to make it a complete meal.

  4. Susan

    Deeee-licious! Maybe not as easy as I wanted it to be, but it will be when make it again and again. I’ll have everything measured, prepped and ready to go. Just wanted to let you know how yummy I thought it was!

  5. Anna

    Mine did not have as much flavor as I expected. I will try again and see if I DoD something wrong…I like the little bit I did have.

  6. Heather

    Yummy!!! And you weren’t lying when you said quick and easy. I’m that person who takes 45 minutes to make mac n cheese. Lol. This took me 5 minutes to prep and another 10 to cook. And it was so good. I paired it with a nice caprese chicken breast but this easily could’ve been a full meal for me. Thanks for this easy, delicious recipe.

  7. Lindsay

    Could I use whole wheat pasta and mozzarella cheese in place of the orzo and Parmesan cheese?! Trying to see if I can work with what I already have…

  8. Jakalyn Helling

    This is a wonderful, easy side dish. Made tonight and so pleased with the results. Easy, tasty, nice enough to serve as a side at a dinner party. I didn’t have a full pound of asparagus so added frozen peas. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! I just tried in both chrome and safari, and it worked for me. If you have a minute, could you please let me know what device you’re using and what browser so that I can fix the issue? Thank YOU!

      1. Erin

        I’ve tried on both my Chromebook and Chrome on my iMac, but it’s still no good. Here’s what I see on the ‘print’ page.

      1. Susan

        The world needs LESS people like you! Rude! You are just trying to stir up drama! You had to pass by the recipe to get to these comments! You knew what you were doing and shame on you!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! I think wild rice would go great with this recipe! While I always freeze cooked asparagus, I have never done it with this recipe because it just comes together in no time, but I think it would definitely be OK. Both, rice and asparagus, freeze well, so why not. 🙂

  9. Stacey Fisher

    I made this today…delicious!! The only thing I did differently was roast the asparagus while the orzo was cooking and I was making the sauce. I cut them into three pieces, tossed them with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese and put them in a 425 degree oven. After that I folded them in with the orzo and sauce.

  10. Amy

    Just made this last night. I didn’t have orzo on hand, so I used a little star shaped pasta that I had in the pantry. I also used heavy cream in place of the milk, and used a little of the pasta water to get the right consistency. It was so creamy and delish! I thought I was eating a fancy risotto, only this was much easier. My husband loved it and declared “You can make this every week”! Thanks for such a quick and easy, GREAT recipe! I will be sharing!

  11. Tisa

    This was tasty and delishious. . I ended up roasting some asparagus at the same time also and just threw a couple in- this would be equally delish with roasted asparagus too! Quick and easy meal. Thanks for sharing

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Juanita! I love this as a side to chicken – I hope you’ll enjoy it, too! Let me know if you have a chance! 😀 Have a great Sunday!

  12. Gale

    I have made this numerous times since I found the recipe and we absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing. It’s so simple but so VERY good. Making it again for dinner right now.

  13. A. Stoner

    I made the garlic butter asparagus pasta with non-dairy products (Earth Balance “butter”, Veggie “parmesan cheese” and soy milk) and it was DELICIOUS! I also added 1 lb. chicken that I sauteed in a non-stick skillet for some protein and my whole family (four-year old twins included!) ate it up! Delish!!

  14. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    Just made this for dinner tonight, Katerina! So easy and SO good! This is definitely a keeper for us!

  15. Katie

    Making this again!!!! I pinned it when I first made it. Was looking at my pins for a good side dish for roasted chicken and saw this and was like YES! This was delicious!!! Thank you!!

  16. topcookwareonline

    I’ve made this several times. We were all shocked to discover we like asparagus! At least, when it’s covered in garlic and butter…
    This recipe is amazingly simple and amazingly delicious. Thank you so much!


    Just love it when someone posts a delish/easy/fun recipe. Even more so because of the fact you embrace everyone’s ‘tweaks’ to your recipe. My tweak would be to use cream instead of skim milk and add some shrimp in there. Can’t help myself, I’ll eat those lovely crustaceans every chance I get. I’m thinking this with a loaf of crusty bread and a tossed green salad w/a vinaigrette would be great for date night. THANKS for such a great recipe.


  18. Nancy

    My husband made this for us one night last week. We loved it and gobbled it all. He told his work colleagues about it and now it has spread throughout his company. Everyone who has made it loves it and has made it more than once! So have we!
    Thanks, Katerina for such an easy and delicious meal. Last night we used the rest of the asparagus from the first try and threw in slices of chicken sausage for a really yum one pot dish!

  19. heather @french press

    consider my pizza dinner plans changed! How could I pass up asparagus with orzo and garlic butter – SO good!!

  20. Anne@FromMySweetHeart

    This looks really wonderful, Katerina! I find I am using orzo more in place of rice or traditional pasta. So I’m always looking for new recipes. The asparagus makes this a perfect spring meal. And I’m all for a delicious dish that comes together in 20 minutes! : )

      1. Katerina Petrovska

        Hi Olivya! The very bottom of the asparagus is stringy, so you don’t want to use that. But, in this particular recipe I only use the tips so you don’t have to cut it while eating. But, if you want to use all of it without the very bottom, the recipe will still taste great, you’ll just have to possibly use a knife to cut it up when eating.

        If you need a recipe to use up the rest of the asparagus, make this soup – it’s sooo good! 🙂

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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