Cheesy Spinach Orzo Pasta Sides in a small white bowl next to a wooden spoon with two more bowls in the background all on a wooden surface

Cheesy Spinach Orzo Pasta Sides

Use orzo pasta to make a delicious side dish with spinach and Parmesan cheese that your family will be sure to enjoy with almost any meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword orzo, pasta, spinach
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 288kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch



  • 16 oz orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup spinach chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shredded


  • Cook orzo pasta as directed
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in medium pot and add minced garlic, salt, and pepper
  • Cook about 1 minute, until garlic is fragrant
  • Add flour and whisk until combined
  • Slowly add milk while whisking to eliminate lumps
  • Simmer for about 6-8 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken
  • Mix in spinach and cook for a few minutes until it wilts
  • Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese until it's melted
  • Add the orzo to the sauce and stir to coat
  • Garnish with extra parmesan cheese and serve immediately


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 333IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 1mg