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Creamy Spinach & Orzo Risotto

Serve it as a side or a main dish.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Main/Side, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy risotto, orzo side dishes, risotto using orzo, using orzo pasta, vegan risotto
Servings: 6
Calories: 463kcal


  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb dried orzo pasta about 2 1/2 cups
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  • Add the onion and sauté until softened and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and orzo, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in the broth and milk and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the orzo is al dente and most of the liquid is absorbed and has formed a creamy sauce, about 10 minutes. (If the orzo isn’t completely cooked once this has happened, you can add another splash or two of broth to the pot and continue to simmer until it has.)
  • Stir in the spinach and grated cheeses until the spinach has just wilted and the cheese melts, about 1 minute.
  • Taste and and add salt & pepper if necessary


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1177IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 308mg | Iron: 2mg