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creamy parmesan orzo in a skillet with a ladle.

Garlic Parmesan Orzo With Spinach

Looking for an easy orzo recipe for dinner? This garlic parmesan orzo with spinach is quick, and incredibly easy to make. Great comfort food that is packed with flavor, it is creamy, and utterly delicious! You can have dinner from the kitchen to your table under 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4
Calories 627 kcal


  • 400 g dry orzo pasta
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken stock substitute with chicken broth
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 30 g butter this can be salted or unsalted substitute with olive oil (1-2 Tbsp)
  • 2 larges garlic cloves substitute with garlic powder or garlic granules.
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach substitute with 1 cup frozen spinach thawed and squeezed.
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat until melted, add chopped garlic and saute until soft and fragrant.
  • Add orzo pasta, stir continuously to toast for about 1-2 minutes, stir in chicken stocks, salt, black pepper, and chopped parsley, cover the skillet with a lid, reduce the heat to simmer stirring occasionally until the orzo is aldente and the liquid absorbed.
  • Stir in the heavy cream, grated parmesan cheese, and stir until combined and the cheese melted. Add fresh baby spinach and stir into the creamy orzo until just wilted. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly, remove the skillet from the heat and serve immediately or while it is still warm. Enjoy!
    PS: add more stock/water if the pasta looks dry.


How to store
Store leftover parmesan orzo in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-5 days.
To reheat: simply reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop, add a splash of water or milk to aid reheating.


Calories: 627kcalCarbohydrates: 80gProtein: 24gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 351mgPotassium: 603mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 2927IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 217mgIron: 3mg

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