I hate spinach.

There is not a thing in the world even Popeye could say to make me feel otherwise.  It’s leafy and sticks to the roof of your mouth, and it’s right up there with iceberg lettuce for the award of “Things That Most Taste like Rabbit Food”. I’m not a salad person, did I mention?

Unfortunately for me, spinach is one of those things that are really good for you.  So, as though I was a child, I have to sneak spinach into my food.  It comes in odd ways, usually mixed into meatloaf or cut into tiny pieces in soups or sauces.  That’s the way it is here, and I can’t even taste it.

Which is good, because everything else tastes sooo good.

 

Parmesan and Spinach Orzo

You’ll Need:

2 1/2 c. orzo
2 tbsp. olive oil
6 tbsp. finely chopped Spanish onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. flour
1 c. milk
1/4 c. heavy cream
Salt
Pepper
1 1/2 c. finely chopped spinach
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
3 oz. Parmesan cheese, shredded

 

How To:

Cook orzo according to the package directions.

In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add unions and saute until tender, about 3 minutes.  Add garlic and flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  While whisking, pour in the milk and cream, and season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly until the sauce has thickened.

Mix in chopped spinach and parsley and allow to cook just until the spinach begins to wilt, about 1 minute.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheese.  Continue stirring until the cheese melts.

Stir in the drained orzo and serve warm garnished with extra Parmesan!

Makes: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: n/a
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Calories:  693

Source: Cooking Classy.

20140511 - Spinach and Parmesan Orzo

 

Parmesan & Spinach Orzo

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30mins
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You’ll Need:
2 1/2 c. orzo
2 tbsp. olive oil
6 tbsp. finely chopped Spanish onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. flour
1 c. milk
1/4 c. heavy cream
Salt
Pepper
1 1/2 c. finely chopped spinach
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
3 oz. Parmesan cheese, shredded

 

How To:

Cook orzo according to the package directions.

In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add unions and saute until tender, about 3 minutes.  Add garlic and flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  While whisking, pour in the milk and cream, and season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly until the sauce has thickened.

Mix in chopped spinach and parsley and allow to cook just until the spinach begins to wilt, about 1 minute.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheese.  Continue stirring until the cheese melts.

Stir in the drained orzo and serve warm garnished with extra Parmesan!

Makes: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: n/a
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Calories:  693

Source: Cooking Classy.

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