Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lemon-Garlic Orzo with Baby Spinach

A quick and easy side dish - orzo with bright and zesty lemon, fresh garlic, and baby spinach.

This side dish is light and summery but satisfies that pasta craving. Orzo also reminds me a lot of risotto, but without the time or labor. 

I served this lemon-garlic orzo with baby spinach alongside grilled chicken. I love when I only need to make one dish inside and Jon can be grilling the rest outside. Easy prep and super easy cleanup. 

Lemon-Garlic Orzo with Baby Spinach
Original Recipe by Mary Ellen of Mary Ellen's Cooking Creations

  • 12 oz dry orzo
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
  • Zest of 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 bag (6oz) baby spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Cook orzo according to package directions
  • In the meantime, heat the butter and oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and saute 2 minutes, being careful not to let it burn
  • Add in the lemon juice and rind.
  • Toss in the orzo and stir in the spinach.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 

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1 comment:

  1. Yum!! I'll add this to the list of sides I need to make!