Orzo with Spinach and Pine Nuts

Unfortunately, I can’t think of one clever thing to say about this orzo, so suffice it to say, this is, quite possibly, one of the yummiest side dishes ever. I love it because it is quick, delicious and you can kill two birds with one stone because it has your starch and veggie all rolled into one side dish. Perfect. I would definitely recommend doubling the recipe since it only serves 2.

Orzo with Spinach and Pine Nuts

from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook

2 TBS pine nuts

1 clove garlic, minced (I used more)

1 TBS butter, melted

1 ¾ C. water

¾ C. uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)

¼ tsp. salt

1 C. tightly packed chopped fresh spinach

¼ C. grated Parmesan cheese

½ C. crumbled Feta cheese (optional, but awesome)

  1. Spread pine nuts in a small skillet. Cook over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring often.  Set aside.
  2. Sauté garlic in butter in a saucepan over medium heat 1 minute. Add water, orzo, and salt, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, and cook 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  3. Stir in spinach, cheeses, and pine nuts. Serve hot.

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