This Creamy Spinach Orzo makes a perfect side dish or even a full meal. It’s cheesy, creamy, and kids are crazy about it. Ready in 15 minutes!
This Spinach Orzo is one of the easiest and tastiest meals I’ve ever made. Seriously. It’s made in one pot, so there is almost no clean-up required, and aside from roughly chopping spinach, there is no prep work either. Yes, you need this in your life!
Let’s get to basics first and learn a bit about orzo pasta.
What is Orzo?
Orzo is a name for pasta that is shaped like rice. It is made with semolina flour, which in turn is made of durum wheat. Orzo is a very versatile pasta cut that works really well for soups, salads, stews, and tasty side dishes, such as the one I am sharing with you today. It cooks faster than rice, and that’s why I love to use it in many recipes. If you haven’t tried it yet, you are missing out.
If you’d like to learn more about Orzo pasta, here is a useful article: Orzo: What It Is and How to Cook It.
Ingredients for Creamy Spinach Orzo
The ingredient list is very short and simple:
- Vegetable Broth. Use homemade or
store-bought vegetable broth. If
using store-bought, pay attention to how much sodium it contains, so you can
adjust how much extra salt you add, if any is needed.
- Milk. Whole
milk is the way to go. Reduced-fat and nonfat milk will not make this orzo
- Orzo Pasta.
- Parmesan Cheese. Finely
- Spinach. I
like fresh baby spinach the most because there are no hard stems and it has a
nice fresh taste.
- Salt and Pepper. If
needed. Depending on how well-seasoned your vegetable broth is, you might need
to add just a little bit of salt and pepper, or skip these altogether.
How to Make This Creamy Orzo
1. Combine the vegetable broth and milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. Add the orzo and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the Parmesan and spinach. Keep cooking for about 3 minutes, until the spinach wilts down.
4. Taste the orzo. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir, and remove from heat. Serve.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Use a non-stick pot. Because this recipe requires milk, orzo pasta may stick to the bottom of the pan if it’s not stirred frequently.
Adjust seasonings to taste. Because I don’t know how salty your vegetable broth is, I recommend adding salt in the final step, after you have tasted the dish. This way, you won’t end up with over-salted orzo.
Add extra vegetables. You can also add some peas,…