a good find. [parmesan & spinach orzo]

February 20th, 2014 by | comments


Happy Thursday! I came across this recipe for Parmesan and spinach orzo on Chung-Ah’s blog over at Damn Delicious, and knew I had to make it. The creamy pasta was full of flavor and the perfect side dish. Luckily, the recipe made a lot of leftovers, so I was able to bring the orzo for lunch all week. :)

parmesan & spinach orzo
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  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 cups spinach, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook orzo according to package instructions, about 9 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook, stirring frequently, until aromatic and translucent, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add chopped spinach and cook until wilted, 2-3 minutes. Stir in Parmesan until melted, about 1 minute. Add orzo to saucepan and gently toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve hot.
Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious.




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  • Delicious! And very healthy too!

  • Love orzo & love spinach – a great recipe !

  • Looks great! Sounds like a really good recipe.

  • egg me on

    Looks awesome Caroline! I love a good orzo. Add some chicken and you’ve got yourself a pretty tasty main dish. :)

  • Yum! I saw that on her blog and wanted to try it out as well.

  • This looks great! last time I tried orzo it didn’t turn out, I will have to give this a try! thanks for sharing :)

  • The Editors of Garden Variety

    Your dish looks delectable Caroline!

  • Orzo is certainly underused in our house. Every time we cook it we love it though, so we need to try this.

  • Orzo is so flexible with its surrounding ingredients, I love it :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Every time I make orzo, and it’s not at all often, I wonder why I don’t prepare it more frequently. This dish is a tasty way to prepare orzo and yet another reason for me to make the darn stuff! :)

  • Wonderful colors and presentation, Caroline.