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Saffron Orzo With Asparagus And Prosciutto


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  • 4 tablespoons butter - (1/2 stick)
  • 2 ounces thinly-sliced prosciutto cut thin strips
  • 1 1/4 cups orzo - (abt 8 oz)
  • 3 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads - (loosely packed) crushed
  • 1 pound slender asparagus trimmed, and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus
  • Parmesan cheese shavings


Servings 6


Step 1

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add prosciutto and sauté until almost crisp, about 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in same skillet over high heat. Add orzo; stir 1 minute. Add broth and saffron; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until orzo begins to soften, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.

Add asparagus; cover and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes. Uncover; simmer until almost all liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Mix in prosciutto and 1/2 cup grated cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to large bowl. Garnish with Parmesan shavings.

This recipe yields 6 servings.

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