Creamy Spinach Orzo

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This creamy spinach orzo one of the best easy weeknight meals! You can make this flavorful pasta dish in just 20 minutes and it makes for great leftovers for days. This is the ultimate comforting orzo dish that you will want to make over and over!

What you’ll love about this:


  • Easy – This is a one pot recipe!
  • Flavorful – The cheesy, creamy orzo tastes heavenly with hints of garlic, herbs, and spinach.
  • Vegan, dairy-free, & gluten-free (with sub for gf orzo)

Ingredients

  • Orzo – You need 1.5 cups of orzo for this pasta dish
  • Onion – You need one medium yellow or white onion for this recipe.
  • Parmesan – I use a vegan shredded parmesan, but use whichever version you prefer
  • Non-dairy milk – Use an unsweetened non-dairy milk like soy or almond.

See recipe card for full ingredient list and quantities.

How to Make Creamy Spinach Orzo

Cook onion & garlic

In a large saucepan, begin warming you olive oil over medium heat. Add you diced onion and garlic. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the onion is softened.

Cook orzo

Add you orzo and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil for 1 minute then turn down to simmer for 10 minutes, covered. Taste orzo at the end to make sure it’s cooked through.

Simmer and Stir

Turn heat up to medium. Stir in your dried oregano, salt, milk, spinach, parmesan, and chickpeas. Stir continuously for a few minutes to thicken your dish. Cover for a few minutes to simmer and let flavors meld together.

Serve

Serve right away. Top with fresh thyme leaves and/or parmesan cheese.

How to store spinach orzo

Let it cool and then store in airtight containers for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or stovetop. The recipe can sometimes thicken up a bit, so feel free to add more milk if needed to regain that creamy texture.

Can I add other veggies to this spinach orzo?

Most definitely! This dish would be delicious with some broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, and so much more!

Is orzo different from rice?

Yes, orzo is technically a pasta but it has a similar shape to rice. When cooked in a creamy sauce, it tastes similar to risotto.


Pro Tips


  • Make sure to stir continuously when you add your milk and other ingredients. This combines with the starch from the pasta and creates a super creamy, delish sauce!
  • You can add more spinach or other veggies to this dish if you desire!

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Creamy Spinach Orzo

Allie Petersen
This creamy spinach orzo is the ultimate comfort food dish that is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. This dish tastes similar to a cozy risotto dish, but takes half the time to make!
5 from 2 votes

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 418 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium diced onion yellow or white
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1.5 cups orzo
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt add more to taste
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk unsweetened
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1/3 cup shredded or grated parmesan choose a df version if vegan
  • 15 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed

Toppings

  • fresh thyme leaves
  • extra parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large saucepan, begin warming you olive oil over medium heat. Add you diced onion and garlic. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the onion is softened.
  • Add you orzo and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil for 1 minute then turn down to simmer for 10 minutes, covered. Taste orzo at the end to make sure it's cooked through.
  • Turn heat up to medium. Stir in your dried oregano, salt, milk, spinach, parmesan, and chickpeas. Stir continuously for a few minutes to thicken your dish. Cover for a few minutes to simmer and let flavors meld together.
  • Serve right away. Top with fresh thyme leaves and/or parmesan cheese.

Notes

⭐️If you are vegan, choose a non-dairy parmesan brand such as Follow Your Heart.
 
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Nutrition

Calories: 418kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 17gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 1337mgPotassium: 537mgFiber: 8gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2756IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 225mgIron: 3mg
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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was SO yum, filling and took so little time. A recipe I will definitely be making again 10/10

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