Creamy Orzo With Spinach
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)


Explore reviews from
our online community

  January 03, 2018

Really simple and very yummy. Used lemon juice since I didn't have an actual lemon. Would recommend to anyone. The one year old loved it and the three year old ate the orzo and said she was allergic to the colors green and red.

— says Jessica
ChallengingA breeze
Probably NotAbsolutely!
  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.
  September 30, 2014

Delicious! I made it with just plain salted butter since I didn't have the olive oil butter on hand. Still loved it. My family loved it too. I sautéed some shrimp in a bit of garlic, olive oil, white wine, and lemon pepper to top it off.

— says Kendra
  June 21, 2014

Delicious and a big hit! Served as a side along with steak for a casual diner party. Everyone loved it, even my husband who doesn't even like spinach and tomatoes!!! It can be a side or a meal in my opinion. Definitely try this one! (especially when tomatoes are in season...yum!

— says kimber
Tried this recipe? Instagram it!
And don't forget to tag us @landolakesktchn.

More Recipes To Make

Featured In

Recipe Image  


Valentine's Dinner for Two

Whip up a lovely Valentine's Day meal with these romantic dinner recipes. Including Butter Poached Lobster and Black & White Chocolate Tart. Say "I love you" with these romantic dinner ideas.

See Recipes