Spinach and Artichoke Orzo PastaRecipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Main Courses
Spinach and artichokes, a classic duo often celebrated in creamy, indulgent dips, take center stage in this innovative pasta recipe. Moving beyond the confines of traditional appetizer spreads, these two ingredients weave their magic in the realm of main courses. This Spinach and Artichoke Orzo Pasta is a testament to this, blending the familiar flavors of spinach and artichoke with the hearty satisfaction of pasta.
A Classic Pairing Reimagined
Spinach and artichokes are a match made in culinary heaven. While spinach brings a mild flavor and a texture that melts in the mouth, artichokes lend a unique, slightly nutty taste that perfectly balances the creaminess of the cheeses. This combination not only tantalizes the taste buds but also contributes to a balanced diet, thanks to the high nutrient content of both vegetables.
We take this dynamic duo and combine them in a delicious pasta recipe. The key ingredients of this dish are whole wheat orzo, spinach leaves, artichoke hearts, cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Seasoned with garlic powder and black pepper, these ingredients come together to create an unforgettable taste experience.
How to Make Spinach and Artichoke Orzo Pasta
Making this Spinach and Artichoke pasta recipe is super simple! The preparation starts with boiling vegetable broth in a medium saucepan. Whole wheat orzo is then added and cooked for 8-10 minutes with occasional stirring.
The heat is then reduced to medium-low, and cream cheese, parmesan, spinach and artichokes are added to the pasta. The mixture is cooked for about 3 minutes until the spinach wilts down.
Lastly, the dish is seasoned with garlic powder and black pepper before being served.
Customizing the Spinach and Artichoke Pasta
This recipe can be tailored to individual preferences. Here are a few suggestions to customize this dish to suit your taste:
If you’re looking for a protein-packed meal, consider adding grilled chicken, shrimp or tofu. These can be cooked separately and added at the end, or cooked with the garlic for extra flavor.
While this recipe calls for Parmesan, feel free to experiment with other types of cheese. Mozzarella, feta or goat cheese would all make delicious additions.
Dairy Free Version
For a vegan-friendly version, replace the butter with olive oil and omit the cheese. You can also add nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor without any dairy.
If you want to pack in more vegetables, consider adding in diced bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes or mushrooms. These can be sautéed along with the garlic.
Spice it Up
For those who like a little heat, red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce can add a nice kick to this dish.
The Spinach and Artichoke Orzo Pasta is a versatile, flavorful and nutritious dish. Its unique combination of ingredients and the possibility for customization make it a must-try recipe. Don’t be afraid to experiment and tweak the meal to your liking.
On a Nutrisystem weight loss plan? Each serving of this recipe can be logged as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel, one Extra and half of a Vegetable serving in the NuMi app. Check out the Nutrisystem Grocery Guide for more information on counting additional ingredients.
If you enjoyed this delicious dish, you’ll love our Spinach and Artichoke Fondue recipe!
Calories per Serving: 233
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 1 Extra and ½ Vegetable
- 2 cups vegetable broth, low sodium
- 1 cup whole wheat orzo
- 2 Tbsp. cream cheese, low fat
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 cups spinach leaves, roughly chopped
- ½ cup artichoke hearts, chopped
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- Bring vegetable broth to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Add the orzo and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cream cheese, parmesan, spinach and artichokes. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the spinach wilts down.
- Season with garlic powder and black pepper. Stir, remove from heat and serve.