{recipe} asparagus orzo with truffle butter

I ripped this recipe out of InStyle a few months ago and finally made it last night.  It was delicious – a big hit with the husband too.  We love asparagus and have been cooking it every week since it showed up in Whole Foods.  The truffle butter was expensive, but worth it, and since there’s enough left to make this dish at least once more, I feel it was a justified purchase.

(sorry for the lame iphone picture - I was too hungry to get the camera out)

The Recipe from Chef Amanda Freitag of The Harrison in NYC:

1 bunch asparagus

1 ½ cups orzo

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced

½ cup heavy cream

1 tbsp unsalted butter

2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

1 tbsp grated pecorino Romano cheese

2 tbsp black truffle butter

Salt to taste

1 tsp cracked black pepper

In a 5-quart pot, bring salted water to a boil.  Place washed asparagus in boiling water for 1 minute; remove with tongs and set aside.  Cook orzo in same pot for 7-9 minutes; drain in a colander.  Set aside.  Trim the tough stem ends off asparagus and discard.  Cut remaining asparagus into ¼ inch thick slices and reserve.  In a medium pan, heat oil, then sauté garlic until golden brown.  Add asparagus; add cooked orzo.  Continue cooking over low heat and add heavy cream and butter, stirring constantly.  Add cheeses and stir until they melt and combine.  Stir in truffle butter, salt, and pepper.  Serve topped with more parmesan.

As you can see, this is not a diet recipe, but definitely delicious! 



May 20, 2010. recipe.


  1. Jane replied:

    O that looks amazing! we made asparagus risotto the other night (or rather, my fiance did) and it was delish. we’ll have to try this one out* thanks for posting the recipe.
    xox, jane

  2. Freddy replied:

    Thank you for posting this! I ripped out the same recipe a few months ago and lost it. So happy to find it again cause it’s deeeelicious!

  3. June 10, 2011: FOODIE FRIDAY: Truffled Orzo With Asparagus « Decor Arts Now replied:

    […] Kitchen photo from Vogue Living March/April 2010.  Pendant photo via Style North.  Food photo via Couture and Cupcakes. […]

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