Parmesan & Spinach Orzo

Phew! It’s been a while. Work has been crazy lately and I’ve had little time for anything. I kinda just need a nap. The other night after I dragged myself home to an empty house (husband was at hockey), I whipped up a batch of this with the ingredients I had on hand. Soooo good! A little comfort food is just what you need sometimes. Might replace that blue box next time I have a mac ‘n cheese craving.

parmesan orzo

Parmesan & Spinach Orzo
adapted from my tiny oven & life as a strawberry

2 tbsp butter
2 1/2 cups orzo
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp. flour
1 cup milk (I used 2%)
2/3 cups spinach, chopped
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Melt the butter over medium heat. Add the orzo and saute for a few minutes, until the orzo start to get golden brown. Remove from heat. Cook orzo according to package directions. Set aside.
Heat olive oil in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for about 1 minute. Add flour to form a roux and cook for an additional minute. Add about 1/4 cup of the milk to the pot and whisk to work out any lumps from the roux. When lumps are worked out, add the remaining milk and whisk to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook until sauce has thickened, about 8 minutes.Add chopped spinach to sauce and cook an additional 2 minutes or until spinach has cooked down. Remove sauce from heat. Stir parmesan cheese into sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. When the cheese has melted, add cooked orzo to sauce and toss to coat. Garnish with extra parmesan cheese and serve immediately.


image via my tiny oven

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