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Browned Butter Lemon Asparagus Feta Orzo Skillet

A zingy browned butter lemon sauce coats every inch of this spring-like asparagus feta orzo skillet that's SUPER easy to throw together for a quick, healthy dinner!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 lb trimmed asparagus and cut into 1-in pieces
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 12 oz hot orzo pasta, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Blanche trimmed asparagus in boiling water until fork tender. Submerge in ice water until cooled then drain and set aside.
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter, stirring occasionally until a deep golden brown. Add lemon juice, garlic, and zest and cook 1 minute until fragrant. Add chicken stock and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer sauce 10 minutes until slightly reduced.
  • Add parsley, hot cooked orzo, asparagus, and feta to browned butter sauce and lightly toss to coat. Season orzo with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and enjoy!