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Classic parmesan and spinach goes so well together in this parmesan and spinach orzo! When you need an easy dinner that will satisfy all palettes, this will be the winner!

Parmesan and spinach orzo

Literally all I have been craving is pasta.

Yes, orzo is pasta!

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.

Classic parmesan and spinach goes so well together in this parmesan and spinach orzo! When you need an easy dinner that will satisfy all palettes, this will be the winner!

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!

Classic parmesan and spinach goes so well together in this parmesan and spinach orzo! When you need an easy dinner that will satisfy all palettes, this will be the winner!

Substituting other pastas in this parmesan and spinach orzo

While you are free to substitute whatever pasta you want, keep in mind that your ingredient measurements may be off.

Larger pastas (ziti, rigatoni, penne) will need more cheese and spinach.

Stick to smaller grain pastas like ditalini, elbows, etc.

Classic parmesan and spinach goes so well together in this parmesan and spinach orzo! When you need an easy dinner that will satisfy all palettes, this will be the winner!

Adding ingredients to parmesan and spinach orzo

If you want some extra protein, some cubed chicken thighs would be a great addition! Or shrimp!

If you like another type of vegetable, a tender green would be a good substitute. I can’t help but love dinosaur/lacinato kale.

Omg, adding gruyere or even blue cheese crumbles to this would be epic. You don’t have to keep it to one cheese but to make this parmesan and spinach orzo simple, I chose to make it with a combo that everyone can get behind.

Other orzo recipes

One pot creamy orzo with chicken sausage

One pot creamy poblano corn orzo

Leek and mushroom boursin orzo

Herbed shrimp orzo salad

Parmesan and Spinach Orzo

A cheesy and quick weeknight pasta dish!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 4

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 636kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 16 oz orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of milk, I used whole
  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Parmesan and Spinach Orzo
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 636 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Carbohydrates 95g32%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 26g52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 
Classic parmesan and spinach goes so well together in this parmesan and spinach orzo! When you need an easy dinner that will satisfy all palettes, this will be the winner!

Photography by Ari Laing

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Jackie

Tuesday 14th of August 2018

Do you know if this dish would freeze well?

Julie

Friday 17th of August 2018

Hmm, I don't believe so. I haven't ever tried it though so I can't be 100%

JuJu

Wednesday 25th of July 2018

I adore s recipe sounds divine. And I will make it tomorrow.....I may add mushrooms to it and toasted pine nuts...hope that is okay.

Amountz

Thursday 17th of May 2018

Can I make this the day before serving?

Julie

Friday 18th of May 2018

Yes, you could. I would say that the spinach will likely not be as pretty in green color so if that bothers you, I'd reheat the pasta on the stove then put the spinach in on the day you serve.

Andrea

Friday 10th of November 2017

substitute for flour to make it gluten free??

thank you

Julie

Saturday 11th of November 2017

I believe arrowroot or cornstarch.

Charlotte L'Heureux

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

Want to try....