I’m guessing, some of you will find all of the ingredients needed to make this Creamy Spinach Orzo Pasta, in your kitchen! Reminds me, I need to create a blog listing my must-have fridge and pantry staples . Basically, I had zero desire to run to the market the other evening. So, I foraged through my fridge and found spinach I needed to use. In my opinion, there was no better option than to create this fabulous creamy pasta dish. Serve this super quick and easy orzo pasta as a side dish, or as a main course paired with your favorite protein.
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SUBSTITUTES FOR ORZO PASTA
No orzo pasta in the pantry? No problem! This Creamy Spinach Pasta recipe will also work well with any of the following:
- acini de pepe
- cauliflower rice
- spaghetti or linguine to serve as a main course
Frozen spinach can be substituted for fresh. Be sure to thaw and squeeze out most of the water content. Kale may also be a great alternative as long as you cut into thin strips.
TIPS ON MAKING THE BEST CREAMY SPINACH ORZO PASTA
In order to achieve that rich, silky texture of this creamy pasta, you MUST use pasta water! In fact, I would suggest using pasta water in all of your pasta sauce recipes. This starchy liquid brings an entire new element of flavor and thickness to any sauce.
Additionally, consider the following useful tips:
- drop the pasta at the same time you start preparing the sauce (timing is everything)
- use my recipe ingredient amounts as a guide (this quick pasta recipe is more about technique)
- Pecorino Romano is a great substitute for Parmesan (always use freshly grated)
- add the grated cheese in small quantities (you will achieve a smoother sauce with no clumps)
- use baby spinach (it’s more tender and the stems are not as woody)
- crushed red pepper flakes are optional, yet highly encouraged
- keep the added salt level to a minimum (the pasta water and cheese add enough saltiness)
- transfer the pasta directly from the pot with a slotted spoon (the added pasta water will only enhance the sauce)
Serve this Spinach Orzo Pasta as a side dish, or main course. I think we can all agree that this makes for a great vegetarian pasta option. Additionally, this creamy pasta will pair perfectly with salmon, chicken, and/or pork.
LEFTOVER ORZO PASTA
Leftover spinach orzo pasta should be stored in an airtight container. The pasta will last up to four days in the fridge, making this Creamy Spinach Orzo Pasta a great addition to your meal prep menu.
Placing leftovers in the freezer is not recommended due to the content of cream and cheese.Print
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