Parmesan and Spinach Orzo
Parmesan and spinach orzo is a quick weeknight dish for all busy families!
It’s already the last week in January. So we’re already like almost into the second month of the year? What the what?! Oh, and the Superbowl is next Sunday. I swear football season was just starting..
Typically, I’d be excited that we’re in the last week of January (one month closer to warmer weather, right?) but now as I get older, I’m like nooo I’m turning another year older. My birthday is this coming Friday and this year, although I’m turning 27, I decided that I wanted to get out of town for my birthday. It’s the perfect excuse. It’s no big 3-0 milestone but I think everyone should celebrate their birthday by going all out and doing what you love. I love traveling (and eating) so Jason and I are headed to Austin, TX this week! I’M SO EXCITED. This was totally last minute but we snagged free plane tickets and the Omni Hotel in Austin is graciously hosting us! Great birthday present already! Right when we decided we were going to Austin, I whipped up a Word document and planned out our itinerary: where we were going to EAT (pretty much every single place in Austin), and how we were going to stalk Taylor Kitsch/Tim Riggins and the rest of the FNL film locations. Um yeah, that is happening! I’d love some additional recommendations for places to eat. I have a bunch on our list but more can’t hurt and if they’re the same ones I have on my list, then I’ll know for sure we’re hitting up the right spots!
I love cooking with orzo. I think it’s the most under-appreciated pasta out there. You have penne, rigatoni, elbows, fettuccine, etc., and they’re always in everyone’s pasta bowls but orzo is like the ugly step sister that always gets left out. Well, I’m about to give orzo a comeback! Orzo will be the pasta of the year. Ok maybe not, but I do have quite a bit of orzo recipes on the blog that you should give some love to and give orzo a bit of spotlight in your house!
This parmesan and spinach orzo is so easy to make and I love how cheesy it is! I think you will love the simplicity of it, as well. Sometimes, the most delicious meals are the ones that require just a few ingredients!
- 16 oz. orzo pasta
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp. flour
- 1 cup of milk (I used whole)
- 1½ cups baby spinach
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook orzo according to directions on the box then drain and set aside.
- In a large pot over medium high heat, cook garlic in olive oil until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Sprinkle flour into the pot then gently whisk in the milk. Let mixture thicken, about 1-2 minutes then add in the spinach and Parmesan cheese.
- Add the orzo pasta to the pot, stir to coat and incorporate. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve hot and top with extra Parmesan cheese, if desired.