Lemon Orzo with Asparagus

Lemon Orzo with Asparagus

Buttery orzo cooks to perfection with this one-dish wonder! Cook all ingredients together in the Anyday dish, stir and serve with extra parmesan. We love this as a vegetarian main or as a side.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.


Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.

To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.


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Product Size

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Prep Time

5-7 mins

Cook Time

16-17 mins

Free Time

to unload the dishwasher


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cup (115g) orzo pasta
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • ½ cup (50 g) asparagus, cut into 1” pieces (about 6 spears)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • cup (350ml) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese


  1. Add olive oil, orzo, garlic powder, salt and pepper, asparagus, lemon zest and chicken stock to the Anyday dish and stir well. Cook uncovered at Power Level 8

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 

    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

    For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

    Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

    PL 10 = 100% = High (default)

    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 18 minutes or until all the liquid has evaporated and the pasta is cooked. 
  2. Add the butter and parmesan and stir well. Serve immediately.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • If asparagus is unavailable, use green beans, sugar or snap peas or zucchini.
  • Add some sour cream, greek yogurt or goat cheese for added richness. 
  • Add some chili flakes for an extra kick.