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This creamy spinach orzo pasta dish is light, quick and easy. The fresh basil truly shines through and complements the spinach in this vegetarian pasta dinner.

EatingWell.com, January 2022


Credit: Photography / Caitlin bensel, Food Styling / Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Styling / Julia Bayless

Recipe Summary

25 mins
30 mins

Nutrition Profile:



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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large, high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring often, until the onion is slightly softened and the garlic is fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in orzo, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the broth is almost absorbed and the orzo is al dente, about 10 minutes. Add cream cheese and stir until melted. Add spinach, basil and Parmesan; cook, stirring constantly, until the spinach is wilted and the Parmesan is melted, about 2 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Garnish with additional basil and/or Parmesan, if desired.


Nutrition Facts

1 1/4 cups
341 calories; protein 12g; carbohydrates 54g; dietary fiber 12g; sugars 4g; fat 8g; saturated fat 3g; mono fat 3g; cholesterol 14mg; vitamin a iu 2947IU; vitamin c 10mg; vitamin d iu 1IU; vitamin e iu 2IU; sodium 478mg; calcium 97mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 24mg; phosphorus 53mg; potassium 183mg; niacin equivalents 1mg.