Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Cheesy Spinach Rice and Orzo Recipe

Jun 16, 2016

Cheesy Spinach Rice and Orzo Recipe

A delicious and easy side that's great served with chicken, beef or fish! Tons of flavor and ready in less than 20 minutes!

A delicious and easy side that's great served with chicken, beef or fish! Tons of flavor and ready in less than 20 minutes! Cheesy Spinach Rice and Orzo Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



I recently started a new job at a really great non-profit called Promise Neighborhood!

I'm part time right now, but at the end of July I'll be their full time Americorps VISTA worker! I'm super excited for this opportunity to give back to the community as well as learn some new and valuable skills!

One of the really great things about Promise Neighborhood is their community garden! They have volunteers come in from around the community to plant, weed and harvest the garden. They then give the veggies to members of the community to cook with at home!


As you can see, the garden is coming along nicely, thanks to our amazing volunteers!

I've been bringing home tons of spinach these last couple weeks, and today's recipe is just one of the few that I will be sharing with you using the amazing produce from the community garden!

We just love making copycat "rice a roni" side dishes at home. They have much less sodium, more vitamins and veggies and they are almost as easy as the boxed stuff. Plus, they taste ah-mazing. Can't really get much better than that!


There's tons of cheesy goodness and it's packed full of spinach. When you cut the spinach nice and small, it distributes more evenly throughout the rice and orzo so you get some in every bite! Yum!

Do you participate in a community garden, or do you have one at home? What are some of your favorite veggies to grow?

Cheesy Spinach Rice and Orzo

by Sheena
Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add basmati and orzo, saute and stir often until it starts to brown.

Add chicken broth, milk, onion and parsley. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook until rice and orzo is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in cheddar and spinach, season with salt and pepper if needed.

Remove from heat and let stand for 2-3 minutes before serving.
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A delicious and easy side that's great served with chicken, beef or fish! Tons of flavor and ready in less than 20 minutes! Cheesy Spinach Rice and Orzo Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads

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7 comments:

  1. That is such a beautiful community garden! I'm kind of jealous of their lettuce! That orzo looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  2. Congrats on your new job! Can't believe that garden -- it looks amazing! What a great dish you put together, too! The perfect side to so many things.

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  3. Great use of spinach!! I have made something similar before, so yummy!

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  4. That is one fantastic looking community garden! This cheesy rice is calling my name!

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  5. Terrific community garden! I've always been a fan of orzo, this looks great!

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  6. That is a gorgeous garden! I'm jealous!! :-D

    This orzo combination is one of my faves, and instead of broccoli, next time I'm adding spinach to it!

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  7. Congrats on the new job! I work for a non profit too and it's so fulfilling! This looks like just the meal I need after coming home from work!

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