This Healthy Orzo Recipe Is Absolutely Delicious

Orzo in a cast iron pan
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Experience a burst of flavor and texture with this delectable orzo recipe that promises to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal or an impressive side dish for a special occasion, this versatile recipe is sure to delight with its vibrant ingredients and satisfying taste. Dive into a bowl of creamy orzo adorned with fresh herbs, juicy tomatoes, and savory Parmesan cheese – a culinary masterpiece that will elevate any dining experience.


  • 1 cup of orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup of fresh spinach leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Optional garnishes: additional grated Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley


  1. Cook the orzo pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and chopped onion, and sauté until softened and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the halved cherry tomatoes to the skillet, and cook until they start to soften and release their juices, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the chopped spinach leaves and chopped basil leaves, and cook until the spinach wilts, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the cooked orzo pasta to the skillet, and toss everything together until well combined. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the orzo mixture, and stir until the cheese is melted and coats the orzo evenly.
  4. Season the orzo with salt and pepper to taste, adjusting the seasoning as needed. Once heated through and well combined, remove the skillet from the heat.
  5. Serve the absolutely delicious orzo hot, garnished with additional grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley if desired.