Spinach and Tomato Orzo
I added spinach and tomato to orzo to create a colorful and flavorful side dish. The orzo is lightly browned first in butter and a little garlic. The browned butter gives this dish an addicting flavor you will love. When I was a kid, our pastas consisted of spaghetti and macaroni and cheese. It wasn’t until I was a teen that I even had lasagna. When I started cooking in my own kitchen I found and tried all the popular traditional pastas. There are so many pasta varieties to try, even though our supermarket contains just a small sampling. This was the first time I had tried orzo, and we all loved it so much, this will be a regular staple in our pantry.
- 1/2 stick butter, or 1/4 cup, more if needed
- 1 lb package orzo
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
- 3 cups fresh spinach
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
- 4 cups chicken stock
- Add butter to sauce pan and melt.
- Add orzo and stir until all pasta is covered in butter, add more if necessary.
- Add garlic and a sprinkle of kosher salt.
- Saute until orzo is lightly browned, over medium low heat, and the butter smalls nutty.
- Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
- Cover and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 8-10 minutes.
- Turn heat off and add spinach to pasta pot, on top of pasta and add lid again. Let rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Add tomatoes to large serving bowl. When pasta has rested and spinach is wilted, add to serving bowl and toss together.