Creamy Spinach Orzo: A Green Goddess's Delight


Step into the realm of culinary delight with our Creamy Spinach Orzo, a dish that will enchant your palate with every velvety bite. Imagine tender orzo pasta enveloped in a luscious, herb-infused creamy spinach sauce. The aroma of fresh herbs and the vibrant green hues beckon you to savor this indulgence. Each forkful promises the perfect balance of richness and freshness, creating a masterpiece that leaves you craving the next sensational bite. Creamy Spinach Orzo is not just a meal; it's a culinary ode to the beauty of simplicity and flavor.

Creamy Spinach Orzo: A Green Goddess's Delight

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 15 minutes
  • Cooking: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

This recipe yields 4 servings, with an ideal serving size of 200 grams per portion.

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calories per serving: 350 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 3g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • 200g orzo pasta
  • 200g fresh spinach leaves, chopped
  • 100g onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 200g heavy cream
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 30g butter
  • 30g olive oil
  • 10g fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 10g fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 10g pine nuts, toasted (for garnish)

Method of Preparation

Step 1: Cook the Orzo

  • In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the orzo pasta according to the package instructions until al dente.
  • Drain and set aside.

Step 2: Sauté the Aromatics

  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, sauté until translucent.

Step 3: Add Spinach and Herbs

  • Add the chopped spinach, fresh basil, and parsley to the skillet.
  •  Sauté until the spinach wilts and the herbs release their aroma.

Step 4: Create the Creamy Sauce

  • Pour in the heavy cream and stir well.
  • Add the grated Parmesan cheese and continue to stir until the sauce thickens.

Step 5: Combine Orzo and Sauce

  • Add the cooked orzo to the skillet with the creamy spinach sauce.
  • Stir gently to combine, ensuring the orzo is well coated.

Step 6: Season and Garnish

  • Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Serve the Creamy Spinach Orzo hot, garnished with toasted pine nuts.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • Don't overcook the orzo; it should be al dente to maintain its pleasing texture.
  • For extra richness, you can add a touch of cream cheese to the sauce.

Anticipated FAQs

Can I use frozen spinach?

Yes, you can use frozen spinach, but be sure to thaw and drain it before use.

Can I make this dish vegetarian or vegan?

For a vegetarian version, substitute the Parmesan with a vegetarian cheese. To make it vegan, use non-dairy cream and vegan cheese.

How can I reheat leftovers?

Gently reheat in a pan with a splash of cream or vegetable broth to maintain the creamy texture.