Creamy Parmesan Spinach Orzo

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Get ready for a delicious treat with this simple orzo dish that uses just 5 ingredients! It’s quick, taking less than 20 minutes to make, and the result is incredibly creamy and flavorful!

Creamy Parmesan Spinach Orzo

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 8


  • 1 pound of orzo pasta
  • 1 cup of pasta water reserved
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves of grated garlic
  • 3 cups of fresh baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon of salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper to taste


  • Start by bringing 6 cups of water to a boil in a deep pot. Add 1 tablespoon of kosher salt.
  • Add the orzo pasta and cook for 7-9 minutes, until it’s perfectly al dente.
  • Drain the orzo, making sure to reserve one cup of the pasta water.
  • In a pan over medium heat, combine the drained orzo with cream cheese, garlic, spinach, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese. Use the reserved pasta water as needed.
  • Stir everything together until the cheeses melt and the orzo is coated in a creamy sauce.
  • Serve up your delightful creation and savor every bite!

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