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Creamy One Pot Spinach Orzo

This Creamy One Pot Spinach Orzo is better than any boxed pasta side you’ll get at grocery store. It’s easy, full of good-for-you ingredients and will pair perfectly with just about any e

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy spinach orzo, spinach orzo, parmesan orzo
Prep Time 5 days
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 5 days 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 336 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups whole-wheat orzo
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock, plus more if needed
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped


  1. Heat a medium pot over a medium heat. Add butter. Once the butter melts, add the onion and garlic. Saute until slightly softened and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add orzo. Toss to coat in butter, garlic and onion. Toast the orzo, stirring often until some pieces are slightly toasted and brown.

  2. Stir in the the chicken stock and salt. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until the orzo is aldente and most of the chicken stock has been absorbed. Make sure to stir the orzo a few times so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. If the orzo is still not done when the liquid has all been absorbed, add in another 1/4 cup of chicken stock.

  3. Add the heavy cream, parmesan cheese, and spinach. Stir until spinach has wilted and cheese has melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy One Pot Spinach Orzo
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 475mg21%
Potassium 308mg9%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 1617IU32%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 141mg14%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.