Creamy Orzo With Spinach
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Creamy Orzo With Spinach

This colorful pasta dish is a quick weeknight meal.

15 min
25 min


8 ounces (1 1/4 cups) uncooked dried orzo pasta

1 Half Stick (1/4 cup) Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt

1 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

1 (6-ounce) package (6 cups) fresh spinach, stems removed

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 1/4 cups shredded Parmesan cheese

1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Return to pan; keep warm.

  2. STEP 2

    Melt 2 tablespoons Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt in 10-inch skillet until sizzling. Add garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Add spinach, salt and pepper; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat.

  3. STEP 3

    Add remaining 2 tablespoons Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt and 1 cup Parmesan cheese to cooked pasta in pan; stir until combined. Add cooked spinach, tomatoes and lemon zest; mix well. Spoon mixture into serving dish; top with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.


18Fat (mg)
35Cholesterol (mg)
850Sodium (mg)
47Carbohydrates (g)
3Dietary Fiber
19Protein (g)


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  July 07, 2015

Extremely good and very easy to make!

— says Janay V.
  April 19, 2015

This was really delicious and easy to make! My grocery store was out of fresh spinach the day that I shopped, so I had to use frozen (which I thawed and drained well first). It worked beautifully and was probably quite a bit cheaper. I also opted to use grated Parmesan instead of shredded because I had it on hand, and 1/2 cup worked well. Next time I will go a little easier on the garlic -- and there WILL be a next time because it was so yummy! It's a perfect side dish for grilled chicken or shrimp.

— says Pam D.
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