Easy Creamy Orzo with Asparagus and Parmesan

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup orzo (whole grain orzo is great with this dish)
1 cup asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

METHOD:

Fill a large sauce pan about 3/4 full of water with a dash of salt added and heat to boiling.

Add the orzo. After 5 minutes of cooking, add the asparagus to the pot and continue to cook another 5 minutes, or until orzo and asparagus are just barely tender. (Do not overcook!) Drain orzo and asparagus and return to the sauce pan.

Stir in butter, chicken stock and cream and heat over medium low heat until butter melts. Add parmesan cheese and stir gently until cheese melts. (Add more cream if you like a saucier orzo.) Season with salt and pepper.

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