Lemon-Garlic Orzo with Baby Spinach

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

A quick and easy side dish - Lemon Garlic Orzo with Baby Spinach. Bright, zesty lemon with fresh garlic and fresh 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 SpinachOriginal 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. 

Originally posted at Maryellens Cooking Creations