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Orzo with Speedy Spinach Sauce

  • Servings:

    Serves 4 as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    13 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    9 minutes


1 lb. orzo or other small, shaped pasta
4 tablespoon Olive oil
3 each Garlic clove, finely chopped
2 (7-oz.) pkg. Hannaford Baby Spinach
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black pepper, freshly ground
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Orzo with Speedy Spinach Sauce


1. In a large pot, bring 1 gallon water to a boil over high heat. When water boils, sprinkle in 4 tsp. salt, then add orzo. Stir pasta well and cook 7 to 9 minutes, stirring once or twice, until just tender, or al dente.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. of the oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, being careful not to burn it. Add spinach in handfuls, stirring well to make sure it all fits in skillet. Cook, stirring, for about 2 to 3 minutes until spinach is soft. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Drain orzo and place in a large serving bowl. Add spinach and any juices from skillet, remaining 3 Tbsp. olive oil, and cheese. Stir well. Taste for seasoning. Serve immediately.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, January - February 2008


Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 4
Base Nutrients
Calories 620 kcal (31%)
Calories from Fat 162 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 18 g (28%)
Saturated Fat 4 g (20%)
Cholesterol 10 mg (3%)
Sodium 840 mg (35%)
Total Carbohydrates 96 g (32%)
Dietary Fiber 8 g (32%)
Protein 22 g (37%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a