~ Creamy Parmesan Orzo ~ Cassies

Cassie *


This is a recipe, that I created with what I had and thought would be quite flavorful. I wanted something not heavy to serve with my Tailgate Meatballs.The family absolutely loved it. Was super delicious, if I do say so myself.

You could add some cooked chicken or shrimp to this for a more complete meal.


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5 Min
15 Min
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3/4 c
uncooked orzo pasta
2 Tbsp
2- 3 tsp
jarred minced garlic or a few fresh cloves, minced
1/3 c
fine chopped onion
2 slices
mushrooms, diced - optional
2 thin slice
prosciutto - diced - optional
2 1/4 tsp
1 c
1/2 c
shredded parmesan cheese
1 c
fresh spinach, chopped
& pepper to taste
a few pinch
ground nutmeg


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1Cook pasta according to directions, about 9 minutes once water boils, drain.

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2In a med to large skillet, melt butter over med heat.
Stir in onion, garlic and mushrooms if using and proscuitto. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring often.

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3Stir in the flour and cook for another minute, making sure not to scorch.

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4Whisk in the milk, slowly and bring to a simmer. Continue cooking until becomes bubbly and thickens.

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5Remove from burner and stir in the Parmesan cheese, until melted. Stir in the spinach and orzo and toss to coat. Return to burner, add nutmeg, salt & pepper to taste, cook only long enough to heat pasta and wilt the spinach.

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6Serve immediately.


About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy