Lemony orzo with mimosa and asparagus

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Lemony orzo with mimosa and asparagus

A tangy pasta to celebrate spring
Servings 2
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • medium saucepan
  • pasta strainer
  • microplane or cheese grater (small holes)
  • cutting board
  • knife


  • 1/2 package of orzo pasta about half a pound
  • 2 boiled eggs will only use the yolks
  • 1 bunch of asparagus spears only, reserve the rest for a different dish
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh goat cheese
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 lemon juiced and zested
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • kosher salt for the pasta water
  • salt to taste
  • coarsely ground pepper to taste


  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Hard boil the eggs, peel, cool, separate the yolks and set aside .
    2 boiled eggs
  • In a medium saucepan, bring some water to a boil adding a generous spoonful of coarse salt first, drop the pasta and cook according to the package directions. 
    kosher salt for the pasta water, 1/2 package of orzo pasta
  • Meanwhile, wash the asparagus and cut the tips. Drop the asparagus spears in the saucepan halfway of the cooking time of the pasta .
    1 bunch of asparagus
  • Grate the Parmesan cheese, crumble the egg yolks and chop the parsley. Set aside on a plate. 
    1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup fresh parsley
  • Drain the pasta and the spears carefully, so they don’t break. 
  • Immediately return to the pan and add the butter.
    1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Add the parsley, goat cheese and Parmesan cheese; using the microplane , zest the lemon; add the pine nuts; stir to combine.  
    2 tbsp fresh goat cheese, 1/2 lemon, 1 tbsp pine nuts, salt to taste, coarsely ground pepper to taste
  • Place the pasta in a serving bowl; sprinkle the crumbled egg yolk crumbs on the pasta and serve .
    2 boiled eggs
Calories: 282kcal
Cost: $
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: asparagus, asparagus recipe, goat cheese, goat cheese recipe, italian pasta recipe, mimosa, orzo pasta, spring pasta


Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1634IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 2mg

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