Spinach and Parmesan Orzo
If you’re looking for a cheesy and delicious side dish that pairs well with practically any meat course, look no further. This Spinach and Parmesan Orzo is the stuff dreams are made of (well, my dreams anyway…have I mentioned how much I love food? And cheese?) and it comes together really quickly for inclusion in an easy weeknight meal.
My husband loves to grill, and now that ours is no longer buried in snow he is in his element. I love this Spinach and Parmesan Orzo because he can throw some meat on the grill, I can easily whip this up in the kitchen along with a salad or some fruit and dinner is served. This is also a great dish to pair with a salad for a light meatless meal or easy lunch.
Looking for more ideas for tasty and satisfying side dishes? Check out my Garlic Roasted Green Beans with Almonds, Zucchini Casserole, Loaded Cauliflower Bake, Zucchini Squares, Cheesy Potluck Potatoes, Crispy Corn Fritters, Buffalo Cheese Bread and more in my side dish recipe category!
Spinach and Parmesan Orzo
Yield: 5 (1/2 cup) servings
- 1 tablespoon light butter (I used Land O’Lakes)
- 1 cup (6 oz weighed) dry whole wheat orzo
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups fat free chicken broth (or vegetable broth if making vegetarian)
- 4 oz fresh chopped spinach
- 1 ½ oz freshly grated Parmesan (I use the smallest holed side of my box grater to shred)
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- A sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In a large skillet or saute pan, bring the butter over medium high heat until melted. Add the dry orzo and stir to coat. Cook for about 2 minutes until some pieces of the orzo begin to brown. Add the minced garlic and stir together. Cook for an additional minute or so until garlic is fragrant.
- Add the broth to the pan and bring to a boil (mine was basically boiling right away). Cover the pan and reduce heat to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 14-15 minutes until the broth is absorbed and the orzo is tender. Stir in the chopped spinach and continue stirring for 1-2 minutes until the spinach is wilted. Add the Parmesan, basil, Italian seasoning and black pepper and stir together until thoroughly combined. Serve immediately.
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
4 per (1/2 cup) serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
4 per (1/2 cup) serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
172 calories, 25 g carbs, 1 g sugars, 4 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 8 g protein, 3 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
Adapted from AllRecipes