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Spinach and Parmesan Orzo
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5 from 3 votes

Spinach and Parmesan Orzo

This Spinach and Parmesan Orzo is an easy, cheesy and delicious side dish that pairs well with practically any meat course!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

MyWW SmartPoints per (1/2 cup) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 4 SmartPoints/ Blue: 4 SmartPoints/ Purple: 2 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
4 per (1/2 cup) serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information:
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