Creamy Orzo With Asparagus And Peas Skillet

Creamy Orzo With Asparagus And Peas Skillet- simple vegetarian pasta meal, perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Ready in under 30 minutes. Fresh asparagus, peas and cooked orzo tossed in a light and creamy sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese. 

One pan, creamy orzo pasta, made with cream cheese, fresh asparagus, peas, Parmesan, garlic and spices. Weeknight dinner.

Here we are again, another orzo recipe. My family loves orzo, this is why I try to make it more often and this is how this Creamy Orzo With Asparagus And Peas Skillet Recipe was created.

This Creamy Orzo Asparagus And Peas Skillet is light, but still creamy. The reason why?

I used some low fat cream cheese in it. The creaminess can not be compared to dishes loaded with heavy cream, but is is still present and makes this pasta extra delicious with lower calories. This works great for me!

If you are not a fan of the creamy part, just skip using the cream cheese. Or if you like the creaminess added by using heavy cream, just use up to 1/4 cup of heavy cream instead.

This is a meal I made many times a few months back, when it was still Spring around here.

Sorry I got to share it just now, but there were other recipes that couldn’t wait.

Of course, grilling in the summer is fun, but I just can’t do it every day. I need a different kind of food. This is why I need to have pasta once a week.

A spoon full of creamy orzo pasta. Orzo with fresh asparagus, peas and parmesan. One pot/skillet pasta.

The truth is that if I don’t make grilled meat and veggies for a weeknight dinner, I either cook a quick pasta dish (like this Creamy Orzo With Asparagus And Peas Skillet), or make a grain bowl like this .

Loaded with nutritious and delicious ingredients, perfect for the whole family.

Topped with lots of Parmesan cheese, of course!

Made with just 6 main ingredients and ready in 30 minutes. Can you ask for more?

This Creamy Orzo Asparagus And Peas Skillet could be made with different kind of pasta, like penne.

I just love using orzo. It cooks fast, looks like rice and tastes amazing!

A skilled filled with cooked orzo, fresh spring veggies - asparagus, peas, Parmesan and creamy healthy sauce.

I often double the recipe and keep some in the fridge for lunch, because it is really easy to reheat it. But this is the kind of dish, that I just can not stop eating, once I make it!

One of the quickest pasta dishes I’ve made. Hope you like it!

Check these out, if you like pasta.

 

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A skilled filled with cooked orzo, fresh spring veggies - asparagus, peas, Parmesan and creamy healthy sauce.
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Creamy Orzo With Asparagus And Peas Skillet
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Creamy Orzo With Asparagus And Peas Skillet- simple vegetarian pasta meal, perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Ready in under 30 minutes. Fresh asparagus, peas and cooked orzo tossed in a light and creamy sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese. 

Course: Main
Servings: 4
Calories: 300 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 tsp olive oil or butter
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed
  • 8 oz fresh asparagus cit into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup peas frozen, defrosted could be used
  • 3/5 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt + more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tbsp cream cheese low fat
  • 1/2 cup parmesan grated
Instructions
  1. Start cooking pasta according to the directions on the package.


  2. In the mean time, heat oil (melt butter) in a large skillet (medium-low heat). Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently, to prevent burning.

  3. Add peas and asparagus. Cook for 3 minutes, until tender, stirring frequently.

    Add salt, pepper and oregano.

  4. Add cream cheese. Stir. Cook on medium-low for 5 more minutes or a little longer, until veggies are cooked.

  5. Add pasta and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring frequently, until incorporated. Top with cheese. Serve.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Orzo With Asparagus And Peas Skillet
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 543mg 23%
Potassium 318mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 22%
Calcium 19.5%
Iron 13.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Creamy Orzo With Asparagus And Peas Skillet- simple vegetarian pasta meal, perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Ready in under 30 minutes. Fresh asparagus, peas and cooked orzo tossed in a light and creamy sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese.