Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spinach Parmesan Orzo

This is a great side dish for dinner. It's also quick and easy. I haven't used orzo much except for making Italian Wedding Soup. I am seeing more and more recipes with it that I need to try.

Garlic Parmesan Orzo From: Living Lou who found it at: The Jey of Cooking

1 cup of uncooked orzo
1 tablespoon of minced garlic (I used the jarred kind cause I'm lazy like that)
2 tablespoons of butter
2 cups of spinach finely chopped (I usually use 2 cups of frozen spinach)
1/4 cup of grated or shaved Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of milk
salt and pepper to your liking

Cook the orzo according to the package. Drain. Melt the butter in a large sauce pan on medium heat and add the garlic. Cook for 4 minutes. It will start to turn darker or more golden. Add the cooked spinach and cook on low for 1 minute to wilt the spinach. Add the rest of the ingredients. Cook just until the Parmesan melts and everything is heated through. About the spinach: I usually use 2 cups of frozen and just put it in the colander and pour the orzo and boiling water over it when I drain the orzo. Then I just throw the rest of the ingredients in. I have only used fresh spinach once, but I would use 3 or four cups of fresh next time, because we like lots of spinach.

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