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garlic parmesean orzo
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Garlic Parmesan Orzo

This garlic parmesan orzo is a delicious and easy side dish.  It's made with orzo pasta, spinach, garlic, and parmesan cheese.  It's quick to throw together and can be ready in just 20 minutes.  
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
cooling time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 56kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons Butter salted
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Garlic Minced
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Spinach raw, fresh
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese grated works best
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 16 ounce package Orzo Pasta


  • Cut spinach into 1/2" slices and set aside. 
  • In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter.  Add the garlic and stir until garlic is fragrant and just starting to turn a darker color.  Add the chicken broth, spinach, parmesan cheese, salt, and Orzo pasta.  Stir lightly and cover with a lid.  
  • Turn heat to low and Stir every 2 minutes.  Cook the pasta a total of 8-9 minutes.  The cheese should be melted and the pasta cooked al dente which means firm but not hard in the middle.  There should be a little chew in the pasta. 
  • Take off the heat and cover with a lid for a couple more minutes.  This will allow the pasta to soak up the rest of the liquid.  If desired, sprinkle a little more parmesan on the top and some fresh minced parsley too. Enjoy!


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 491mg | Potassium: 100mg | Vitamin A: 840IU | Vitamin C: 6.7mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 0.4mg