Orzo with Lemon, Artichokes, and Asparagus

Orzo with Lemon, Artichokes, and Asparagus
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Source: The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Renee Comet.

Artichokes and asparagus are a match made in culinary heaven and are often paired together in typical Italian dishes. Among their many similarities, both crops are native to the Mediterranean and grow best in a warm to slightly cool climate. In the kitchen, they can be incorporated into healthful soup, pasta, rice, omelet, and salad recipes.

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  • Prep time
    5 min
  • Cook time
    10 min
  • Servings
    8 Servings
  • Serving size
    1/2 cup
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

8 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1/2 cup
  • Amount per serving Calories 170

  • Total Fat 5g
    • Saturated Fat 1.2g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 140mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 26g
    • Dietary Fiber 5g
    • Total Sugars 4g
  • Protein 6g
  • Potassium 260mg
  • Phosphorus 110mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1 Nonstarchy vegetable, 1/2 Fat



  • salt
    1/4 tsp
  • dry orzo pasta or small gluten-free pasta
    1/2 lbs
  • fresh or frozen asparagus (trimmed into 1-inch peices)
    1 lbs
  • frozen artichoke hearts (thawed)
    1 (14-oz) package
  • lemon juice
    1/4 cup
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • black pepper
    1/4 tsp
  • olive oil
    2 tbsp
  • Pecorino Romano cheese (grated)
    1/4 cup


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add 1/4 tsp salt and reduce heat to medium.

  2. Add orzo and stir. Cook orzo until tender, but still al dente. Drain orzo when done and return to pot.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a medium-size pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add asparagus and cook until tender (about 5 minutes), then drain.

  4. Add asparagus, artichoke hearts, lemon juice, lemon zest, additional 1/4 tsp salt (if desired), freshly ground pepper, and olive oil into the pot with the orzo and stir.

  5. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Garnish with cheese and serve hot.

  • Recommended

    Super! It was a great combination. I couldn't find frozen artichokes so had to use canned. Super easy to make, and flavorful. Yes, I would make this again.