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Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Spinach

Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Spinach

Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Spinach is the perfect side dish that compliments just about any protein you serve it with. It could also be used as a main dish and topped with grilled shrimp or crispy bacon.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Katie


  • 2 cups dried orzo pasta
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz. fresh spinach thinly sliced


  • Cook orzo pasta according to package. Drain and rinse and set to the side.
  • Return the sauce pan back to the stove top. On medium heat, melt the butter then add in the minced fresh garlic. Stir until fragrant about 1 minute.
  • Then add in the heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Add the cooked orzo back into the pot, mix well. Then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and begin stirring in the fresh spinach. Continue to add the spinach until all of it has started to wilt.
  • Divide and serve immediately.