Lemon and Roasted Asparagus Risotto-Style Orzo

Even though I started Saturday morning with a four hour math test, I grade this weekend A+++.  Perfect weather, good coffee, lots of time with Mike and Ellie, a run and brunch with good friends, and a lot of time in the kitchen; that’s pretty tough to beat.

We went to Hayes Valley on Saturday afternoon and got lattes at Ritual 

The people watching (and the DOG watching!) was fantastic and as always, the lattes were divine.  I’m not sure what Ellie was so focused on, but there was definitely a lot to look at.

Sunday morning started with a trip to the East Bay to meet up with a bunch of my favorite people for a run followed by brunch.

6 leisurely miles with Courtney felt a lot harder than it should have (and my right knee/hip were a little cranky) but it was soooo nice to run in the warm sun for a change.  I’m going to spend a lot of quality time with my foam roller this week, and within the next few weeks, I need to start a training plan for the San Francisco Marathon 2nd Half.  I’m hoping to smash my PR (1:39ish right now), but I haven’t picked a plan yet.  Anyone have suggestions?

I’m making the most of asparagus season, buying a bunch of it every week and roasting it to either eat plain or incorporate into our dinner.  I made this dish with whole-wheat orzo cooked like risotto (by adding a ladle of broth and stirring until it was absorbed), which is a little time-consuming but totally worth it.  A little lemon juice and zest, and a bunch of roasted asparagus make it perfect for Spring.

It’s great alongside my new favorite salad: lettuce, toasted almonds, red bell pepper, and goat cheese with a simple vinaigrette.

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(adapted from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian)

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4 Responses to “Lemon and Roasted Asparagus Risotto-Style Orzo”


  1. 1 jen May 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

    love the idea of the orzo risotto. a four-hour math test on saturday sounds like my worst nightmare! 🙂

  2. 2 Alyssa May 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

    That risotto looks great & cheers to a great weekend. HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYYYYYYY!

  3. 3 Benthe May 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I love risotto, this looks so good!

  4. 4 Kate May 8, 2012 at 8:11 am

    What kind of coffee does Ellie drink? I feel like lattes are a good choice for her because of all the milk.


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