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Lemon and Spinach Orzo

An easy way to make a quick risotto. The orzo pasta makes this dish super creamy and the spinach and seasonings make it a great side for any meal. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: pasta dish - side
Cuisine: Italian and American
Servings: 4
Calories: 171kcal
Author: Marisa Franca at All Our Way


  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
  • 1 cup dry orzo pasta
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth hot
  • 1 cup water hot
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 Tbsp. minced lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. each sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg


  • sauté onion in olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat until softened, 3-5 minutes, Add garlic; cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
  • Add orzo and stir to coat with oil; cook 1-2 minutes. Stir in broth and water, stirring often until liquid is absorbed and orzo is cooked, 9-10 minutes.
  • Off heat, stir in spinach, zest, butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg until spinach wilts.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 519mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2200IU | Vitamin C: 19.2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.5mg