Monday, April 11, 2011

Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Spinach

I don't really make up recipes too often.

Pretty much, I follow the rules and stay on course. 

creamy parmesan orzo with spinach

But sometimes when the stars align and Venus is in the fourth blah blah blah...

Sometimes I just feel like wingin' it.

cheesy orzo

And sometimes, every so often, it's a hit. 


2 cups orzo (I used the pretty tri-colored kind.)
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 T. flour
1-1/2 c. milk
3/4 c. grated Parmesan
1 t. sea salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
3 cups fresh spinach
fresh basil for garnish

Boil the orzo according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a skillet, heat olive oil. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft. Sprinkle in the flour and let it cook for a minute. Whisk in the milk. When thickened, add the cheese, salt and pepper. Stir in the spinach and let it wilt in the heat of the sauce. Mix in the orzo. Garnish with basil for a great lunch by itself or a nice side.

Linked to: Sugar Bee, Blue Cricket Design, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Finding Fabulous, Tatertots and Jello


  1. Looks yummy. I think I will add it to this weeks menu. I picked up some orzo a few weeks back on sale at Target. I have never made it before, so I wasn't sure what to do. Thanks for giving me some direction.

  2. This sounds amazing! I've never cooked Orzo but it kinda looks like rice so I think we'd like it! :)

  3. Erin this looks awesome! I've never made orzo before but this looks like the perfect first way to try it! =) I always have spinach and basil to use up so this is perfection! =)

    Thanks girl! glad I found your blog!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  4. This looks great, will have to make it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. YUMM! It's going on next week's menu!

  6. Bloggers all messed - not sure if my last comment made it through...

    This looks great - an easy meal in a bowl!! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you at Blue Cricket Design. :)

  7. This looks so good. Orzo is a staple in my kitchen. Can't wait to try this recipe. Became a follower of your blog today too to make sure I don't miss anything else you might cook up from scratch.

  8. This sounds (and looks) delicious! I will definitely be giving this a try!

  9. Found you through TT&J, this recipe looks great!


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