Creamy Spinach Parmesan Orzo

Creamy Spinach Parmesan Orzo

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Creamy, flavorful, and ready in less than 20 minutes, this easy orzo dish comes together in a hurry to compliment any favorite meal!Creamy Spinach Parmesan Orzo


  • 1 Β½ cups orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Β½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1 cup milk – (I used fat free half & half)
  • β…” cups fresh spinach – roughly chopped
  • Β½ cup shredded parmesan cheese – plus extra for topping
  • optional: fresh lemon zest, grated parmesan cheese, and cracked black pepper for topping


  • Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add garlic, salt and pepper and saute for 1 minute until garlic is fragrant
  • Add flour to form and stir for one minute. Add about 1/4 cup of the milk to the pot and whisk to work out any lumps. When lumps are gone, add the remaining milk and whisk to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 8 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  • Add chopped spinach to sauce. Cook an additional 2 minutes or so until spinach is soft and dark. Remove sauce from heat and stir in parmesan cheese. When cheese has melted, add orzo and stir to combine. Serve with extra parmesan cheese and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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