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Orzo Pasta with Spinach and Parmesan


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  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided 2 tablespoons for the orzo and then 2 for the spinach
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 14.5 ounces of water
  • 2 teaspoons chicken base
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
  • 1 (10 oz) bag of baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste



Step 1

Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a medium skillet over medium high heat and add the orzo. Stir until lightly browned. Stir in water and chicken base and bring to a boil. Cover. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until the orzo is tender and the liquid is absorbed

While the orzo is simmering it is a good time to prepare the spinach. In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the minced garlic and saute for about 30 seconds
Add the whole bag of spinach and a pinch of salt.....saute until wilted
Set aside until orzo is done

When orzo is done add the spinach and the Parmesan and mix well. Give it a taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. The Parmesan will add some saltiness to the dish, so be sure to give it a taste to ensure you don't add too much salt!


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