Spinach Parmesan Orzo

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4-6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Spinach Puree:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1 bunch spinach, stemmed and washed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound orzo
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons fine quality olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely grated good quality Parmesan cheese
Directions
Spinach Puree:
  • In a wide saute pan, heat olive oil and add garlic, saute 1-2 minutes over medium heat until limp. Add roughly chopped spinach, salt and pepper, cover and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place spinach mixture in blender and puree until smooth. Reserve.

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add orzo and stir gently. Cook 4-7 minutes checking occasionally. The pasta should be firm but cooked through. Coat a large flat pan with olive oil and have ready. Strain orzo through a large strainer shaking off excess water. Immediately spread hot pasta out on the tray for a minute or two to cool slightly and release as much steam from the orzo as possible. Toss orzo with spinach puree and grated cheese and serve immediately.


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