Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spinach Orzo

Super creamy and cheesy garlic and spinach orzo pasta! For the cheese and pasta lovers!

Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spinach Orzo | Creme de la Crumb

Hello Hello!!! Care to join me for some pasta??

Good! It’s pasta time.

Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spinach Orzo | Creme de la Crumb

I love adding garlic to dishes, and when they already would have garlic… I like to add more. Garlic is a beautiful thing and it brings this cheesy parmesan spinach orzo dish to life.

As if pasta and cheese ever needed any help right?!

Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spinach Orzo | Creme de la Crumb

 

Mmmmmmm look how creamy it is! Main dish? Side dish? Yes, and yes! If you a cheese lover (you and I are friends for a reason) then be sure to save yourself a handful of shredded parmesan to sprinkle right on top of your orzo so it gets all melty and amazing…

Enjoy!!

Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spinach Orzo | Creme de la Crumb

4.3 from 3 reviews
Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spinach Orzo
 
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Super creamy and cheesy garlic and spinach orzo pasta!
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Recipe type: Main Dish / Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1 cup milk (I used fat free half & half)
  • ⅔ cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese, plus extra for topping
  • optional: fresh lemon zest, grated parmesan cheese, and cracked black pepper for topping
Instructions
  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. 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
  3. Add flour to form and stir for one minute. Add about ¼ 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.
  4. 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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I love orzo. So versatile.
I have a favorite orzo side dish I make. I’ll have to try this one soon. Can’t have too many orzo dishes.

This is a delicious side dish and it goes so well with so many things. Yum!

This looks like an ideal side dish. Carb and veg all in one. But exactly what do you mean by ‘add flour to form’?

I made this tonight and it was delicious! My only question is, 2 1/2 cups of dry orzo made ALOT! I ended up only adding about half that amount to the cheese sauce. Do you really measure 2 1/2 cups of dry orzo? Thanks in advance! I love all your recipes!

    Hi Kathy! I am SO sorry, that was a typo on my part, it’s actually 1 1/2 cups dry orzo!! I’m updating it this minute, I apologize!

      Thank you so much!

    Hi, I did not it makes too much. Still was very goog !

Loved this dish! Thanks for sharing!

    Glad you liked it Ayana! 🙂

I made this tonight, it was delish! I added a little lemon zest too since we were having salmon with lemon pepper on it. It was the perfect side dish!

I made this last night, but I substituted riced cauliflower (cuz we can’t do pasta in our house). It was wonderful! Will have to double it next time, it was so good!

    I am so happy to hear that this turned out for you with the riced cauliflower – I definitely need to try that!!

Hi found this recipe on pinterest and it was my very first time cooking orzo! I know, crazy! Anyway, I made this and added some chopped cooked chicken and it was delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

Made this tonight and it is FAB!!! This will be my go to side dish from now on. Thanks for sharing

I accidentally bought risotto instead of orzo – do you think that would work?

My family really enjoyed this dish. It’s kid friendly and makes a perfect side dish. I served it with rotisserie chicken and French green beans. Thanks for the recipe!

Can you give the nutritional info for this?

    Hi Linda! I don’t have the nutritional info on hand for this recipe, but MyFitnessPal has an awesome tool that calculates all that out for you! Here’s the link: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe_parser. It’s free and all you do it copy and paste the recipe URL into the Recipe Importer and it will tell you everything you need to know! 🙂

This is delicious. I didn’t use the flour, I like the sauce a little looser, but so good.

Not nearly enough spinach for my taste. If you want this to have any semblance of visible spinach, or that you can taste, I recommend adding multiple cups of spinach instead of the indicated 2/3. Even if you pack 2/3 of a cup it isn’t nearly enough. Great flavor. I wouldn’t change anything else, just add more spinach!

Can’t wait to try this. Love pasta, garlic and cheese! : )

Made this for dinner tonight to go with salmon. It was excellent! Recipe Is a real keeper. Quick and easy to prepare. Will definitely make again. Recipe should read – 1-1/2 cups cooked Orzo.

I just made this exactly (except for adding extra spinach per someone else’s comment). It was good but needed more parmesan, IMHO. Next time I’ll add a full cup.

I’m eating gluten-free…I know to substitute cornstarch for flour. Has this been made with quinoa by anyone? I’ll try the riced cauliflower too.