This Creamy Asparagus Orzo with Garlic Parmesan is entirely vegan and gluten free and perfect for lunch or dinner. Insanely delicious, easy to make, and out-of-this world tasty.
I have a thing for creamy dishes. Just take a look at my Vegetarian White Chili. It is plant based, super easy to make, and so delicious.
If you haven’t already try this, please do. The chili got rave reviews on Pinterest and is a big reader favorite.
Spring and summer are farmers’ market times for me. I have yo admit I absolutely love farmers’ markets. Even if I don’t need anything, there is always something to find.
Actually, I was never a big fan of asparagus. I honestly don’t know why. But that must be the reason why you find only one dish with asparagus on my blog.
So I used it sparely. But only recently at a farmers’ market, I got a package of fresh asparagus. Now is about time time to try this again. Maybe I can convince myself that this is something excellent.
Of course, there are also some great asparagus benefits. It’s high in nutrients like fiber, and folate, which is a mood booster. Say goodbye to bad days.
Asparagus is also rich in antioxidants like vitamins A, C, E, and K. It’s low in calories, and has anti-inflammatory benefits.
But now, let me show you how I turned from non-fan to asparagus fan with this Creamy Asparagus Orzo with Garlic Parmesan.
It turned out so amazing, that since my first try I made it three times. Could probably eat it every day.
That must mean something. So you can be sure if you serve this Creamy Asparagus Orzo to someone like me who wasn’t on board with this vegetable, everyone will love it.
What is Orzo
It’s a small flat and oval pasta traditionally made from wheat which isn’t gluten free. But I found a gluten free orzo before so that’s a winner. For suggestions, see my post about Greek Baked Ziti.
So everyone can enjoy this recipe. If eating gluten free isn’t a concern for you, just use your favorite orzo.
How to make Creamy Asparagus Orzo with Garlic Parmesan
Ready to pull off this Creamy Asparagus Orzo with Garlic Parmesan. Let’s get excited and do this together.
On a stove top, use a sauce pan and combine the cooked orzo, garlic, plant based cream or 3 ingredient vegan cheese sauce.
Stir in the cooked asparagus, and season with salt and pepper according to your taste. Mix in the vegan Parmesan, but reserve a tablespoon or two for topping. Bring to a simmer and reduce to low heat. After about 5 minutes, the dish is done.
Divide on plates and enjoy. This will impress everyone for sure even meat eaters, or asparagus dis-likers. It makes an satisfying dinner, lunch, and is also meant for date night.
You can also serve this on it’s own but it’s also really delicious with these Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs.
If you can’t find a plain oat or soy milk cream, I recommend you use my 3 Ingredient Vegan Cheese Sauce.
You wouldn’t believe me but it’s just vegetable broth, tahini, and cashews. All blended into a smooth and creamy sauce.
I also tried the Creamy Asparagus Orzo with coconut milk as well, but I find the coconut flavor too overwhelming. So I wouldn’t recommend that, even though it will work.
If you only find a plant milk, you can also use that. But milk is not as rich and thick as a cream. So you will need a thickener like tapioca or potato starch.
Try this Creamy Asparagus Orzo with Garlic Parmesan for yourself and wow all your guests.
Happy spring and see you soon, Florian.
- 5 oz green asparagus, cooked
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 cups cooked gluten free orzo
- 3 Ingredient Vegan Cheese Sauce
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- Vegan Parmesan from the Beet and Spinach Tart
- salt, pepper to taste
- On a stove top, use a sauce pan and combine the cooked orzo, garlic, plant based cream or 3 ingredient vegan cheese sauce.
- Stir in the cooked asparagus, and season with and pepper according to your taste. Mix in the Vegan Parmesan, but reserve a tablespoon or two for topping. Bring to a simmer and reduce to low heat.
- After about 5 minutes, the dish is done. Divide on plates and enjoy.
- To get 2 cups cooked orzo you will need about 2/3 cup uncooked orzo.
- If you make the 3 Ingredient Vegan Cheese Sauce according to the recipe, there will be leftovers. It's delicious for pasta, dipping. Be creative!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 612Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 10gSugar: 6gProtein: 25g