One-Pan Creamy Orzo recipe

One-Pan Creamy Orzo

One-pan creamy orzo is a simple yet delicious meal that is perfect for a quick dinner. It is a vegetarian dish that combines orzo pasta with creamy sauce, spinach, cherry tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. This recipe serves 4 and provides approximately 380 calories per serving.


  • Calories: 380
  • Total fat: 14g
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg
  • Sodium: 650mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 48g
  • Dietary fiber: 3g
  • Total sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 15g


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and onion. Cook until the onion turns translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic to the skillet and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Add orzo to the skillet and stir to coat it with oil. Cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour vegetable broth into the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet with a lid and let it cook for 10-15 minutes or until orzo is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Add heavy cream, grated Parmesan cheese, spinach, cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper to the skillet, and stir well.
  6. Cook for 2-3 more minutes until the spinach is wilted and the cheese is melted.
  7. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  8. Serve immediately while it’s still hot.

Additional notes

  • Cooking time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main course
  • Cuisine: Italian

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