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Cheesy Chorizo Orzo with Blistered Tomatoes and Spinach

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Cheesy chorizo orzo with blistered tomatoes and spinach is a quick and easy dinner with a few simple ingredients! Small ingredient list, LARGE flavor!

Cheesy chorizo orzo with blistered tomatoes and spinach is a quick and easy dinner with a few simple ingredients! Small ingredient list, LARGE flavor!

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Cheesy chorizo orzo with blistered tomatoes and spinach is a quick and easy dinner with simple ingredients! Small ingredient list, LARGE flavor! You will love the flavors of this and how little effort it takes to come together!

Okay, so how does one segue into a recipe post after just talking about a national disaster? You’re right, you probably can’t and it’s awkward. So let’s just rip the bandaid and quickly chat about this cheesy chorizo orzo with blistered tomatoes and spinach.

You know me, I’m all about simple weeknight dinner ideas and this one definitely fits the bill. Not only is it simple, its also got tons of flavor from the chorizo, sweet blistered tomatoes, spinach, and the salty crumbled queso fresco on top!

This orzo dish doesn’t even need sauce because of all the flavor it already has in it. I love it!

You’ll be surprised all how well all the ingredients go together. They just seem to be super happy in a giant skillet

Cheesy chorizo orzo with blistered tomatoes and spinach is a quick and easy dinner with simple ingredients! Small ingredient list, LARGE flavor! You will love the flavors of this and how little effort it takes to come together!

Cheesy chorizo orzo with blistered tomatoes and spinach is a quick and easy dinner with simple ingredients! Small ingredient list, LARGE flavor! You will love the flavors of this and how little effort it takes to come together!

Cheesy Chorizo Orzo with Blistered Tomatoes and Spinach

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 30 mins
Serves 2     adjust servings

A flavorful combination chorizo, tomatoes, and spinach in a quick and easy weeknight meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh chorizo sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups orzo
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Crumbled queso fresco, to top

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown chorizo sausage and break it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula.

  2. Add onions and cook until translucent and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the tomatoes and cook until outsides are slightly blistered and tomato has softened.

  4. Add in the orzo and toss to toast a bit.

  5. Add the beef broth and tomato paste then bring to a boil and cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook until orzo has cooked through, stirring occasionally. 

  6. Once done, add spinach and cook until wilted. Then add the cheese and stir to melt. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  7. Serve with crumbled queso fresco on top.

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Posted on August 30, 2017

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  1. Robert Britton
    09/04/2017 at 10:32 am

    This seems like a recipe for 4. Are you sure 1/2 lb chorizo and one whole cup orzo per person? I would use more spinach but less meat and pasta,

    • Julie
      09/04/2017 at 12:45 pm

      Hi Robert, serving sizes vastly differ amongst individuals — some eat more, some eat less. It’s extremely hard for me to give an estimate on what a standard “for two” portion is so I did it based on what my husband and I eat. We both eat two generous servings. If you feel that this is far too much, please feel free to adjust according to what you think is best for you!

  2. Susan
    09/04/2017 at 9:18 pm

    Worst recipe ever. Disgusting.

    • Julie
      09/05/2017 at 7:38 am

      Could you please elaborate on why? That is a very broad and generalized statement.

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