This creamy garlic, orzo, and spinach dish is a great accompaniment to any meal or can serve as an entree with a protein added.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

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  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onions and garlic until onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir flour into onion mixture and cook until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Gradually pour milk into onion mixture while constantly beating with a whisk until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Add spinach to sauce and cook until spinach is slightly wilted, about 5 minutes.

  • Mix Parmesan cheese into spinach sauce; cook and stir until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Fold orzo into spinach sauce and season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

331 calories; protein 15.6g; carbohydrates 45.8g; fat 9.7g; cholesterol 18.1mg; sodium 289.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/26/2016
I made a 1/2 recipe and used a smaller onion and it was fine. I also added some chopped mushrooms. I only had a few mushrooms left - next time I'll add more. I used kale/spinach mix and it was really good. I also used shredded bellavitano cheese that I had and it added a really great flavor. It was really quick and easy to make and I would definitely make again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/14/2014
The family just didn't like it. As a rule of thumb.....don't add your garlic at the same time as your onions....it over cooks turns brown and then makes your dish bitter. The only thing I did different was to switch step 4 and step 5....melted my cheese first then let my spinach wilt--otherwise the spinach will be overcooked and brown. Still. The family didn't like it and we won't make it again. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 2 stars
11/14/2014
The family just didn't like it. As a rule of thumb.....don't add your garlic at the same time as your onions....it over cooks turns brown and then makes your dish bitter. The only thing I did different was to switch step 4 and step 5....melted my cheese first then let my spinach wilt--otherwise the spinach will be overcooked and brown. Still. The family didn't like it and we won't make it again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/27/2015
WAY too much onion. I had to season this a lot more to get it to not taste like milk sauce. I handed this recipe and it is way more than 4 servings worth. Could have fed 8 off of it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2016
I made a 1/2 recipe and used a smaller onion and it was fine. I also added some chopped mushrooms. I only had a few mushrooms left - next time I'll add more. I used kale/spinach mix and it was really good. I also used shredded bellavitano cheese that I had and it added a really great flavor. It was really quick and easy to make and I would definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/12/2015
once you correctly modify the recipe then its really good. Use 1/2 of an onion and 2 garlic cloves and about 4 tbsp of flour. Warning the sauce turns green from all of the spinach. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2016
Made it exactly as the recipe we love onions several times and each time it was wonderful. Makes plenty that for sure. I left a star out only because it has a lot of steps to it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2020
Will absolutely make it again hands down! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2021
I added carrots for color and texture. I also added Asiago cheese for a more complex flavor. I doubled the garlic too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2017
Pretty hands on dish to make but totally worth it. Excellent dish!! Read More
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