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Spinach Orzo Pasta with Garlic, Parmesan & Cream Cheese

by Christina Cherrier – Updated Jul 3, 2021
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Spinach Orzo Pasta with Garlic, Parmesan & Cream Cheese
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Garlic Parmesan Orzo Pasta with Spinach - #orzo #recipe #eatwell101 - This creamy garlic parmesan orzo with spinach is a family favorite for weeknight dinners!

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo Pasta with Spinach – A comforting and easy to make vegetarian pasta meal or side dish that quickly comes together and will have everyone asking for seconds! This creamy parmesan orzo pasta is quite similar to risotto but it’s way quicker and easier since we’re not adding the broth bit by bit. It’s a family favorite for weeknight ease and a great vehicle for a healthy load of fresh spinach. Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the Garlic Parmesan Orzo Pasta with Spinach Recipe

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Directions

1. To make the garlic parmesan orzo with spinach: cook orzo pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente, about 2 minutes less than indicated on package directions. Drain orzo thoroughly in a fine-mesh strainer (keep at least 1 cup of the cooking water).

2. In the meantime, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. 

3. Add cream cheese and 1 cup pasta cooking liquid. Increase the heat to medium, bring to a simmer, and cook, tossing constantly,

4. Add the spinach and give a quick stir. Add Italian seasoning, butter, ½ oz. Parmesan, red chili pepper flakes, and lots of pepper and toss to combine. Taste and season with more salt if needed. 

5. Add drained pasta to the skillet with the sauce. You can add more spices if you like. Cook, stirring constantly until the pasta fully cooked and the liquid is slightly thickened – for about 3 minutes. If the sauce is too thick, add more pasta water.

6. Divide the creamy garlic parmesan orzo pasta and spinach among bowls and top with more Parmesan. Serve immediately. Enjoy! ❤️

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Tips for the Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo Pasta with Spinach Recipe

  • You may use frozen spinach if you thaw it and squeeze the water out thoroughly, but fresh spinach is probably better in our opinion. 
  • You could easily add some fresh basil to this creamy orzo recipe.
  • If you don’t have any cream cheese, use heavy cream or half-and-half instead. You might need to use less pasta water.

What to serve with creamy garlic parmesan spinach orzo?

This garlic parmesan spinach orzo pasta recipe is a meal on its own, but a good slice of toasted garlic bread will make it perfect!

How and how long to keep the creamy orzo and spinach?

Keep the creamy orzo pasta in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the microwave.

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