This easy Spinach Artichoke Orzo recipe is packed with nutritious baby spinach, marinated artichoke hearts and parmesan. Topped off with crunchy lemon zest breadcrumbs for a delicious one pot meal in just 30 minutes!
I love all things spinach artichoke! This Spinach Artichoke Orzo recipe is one of my recents favorites. It’s warm and creamy, perfect for the start of chilly fall weather. But don’t be fooled, all the added veggies really make this creamy comfort food a nutrient-packed meal. Nearly a whole box of spinach cooks down into just a few bites so you’d never guess!
The ingredients are simple, pantry-friendly and easily adapted for vegan and vegetarian. Perfect for a weeknight dinner!
Ingredients in Spinach Artichoke Orzo
- Marinated artichoke hearts (canned are fine too, but less flavorful)
- Baby spinach
- Onion & garlic
- Chicken stock or vegetable stock
- Crushed red pepper flakes
How to make One Pot Spinach Artichoke Orzo
This Spinach Artichoke Orzo starts with a base of sautéed onion, garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little heat. The orzo gets added soon after to toast until golden brown and fragrant.
Then, simply add your stock, salt and pepper. Bring everything up to a boil and maintain a steady simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Make sure to stir every couple minutes so the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Once most of the liquid is absorbed and the orzo is cooked al dente, turn off the heat.
Different brands of orzo require varying amounts of liquid, so you may need to add more during the cooking process. Remember that the orzo will continue to absorb liquid as it cools so make sure you turn off the heat while it’s still got some bite. No mushy pasta allowed here!
Last step, stir in spinach, artichoke hearts and Parmesan. I like to wilt my spinach in the microwave before adding it in just to make sure it really incorporates. Season with salt and pepper, and top off with lemony breadcrumbs…
These lemon-zest infused breadcrumbs are such an easy topping that adds the perfect crunch to our creamy orzo. I like to keep it simple and use Panko, but you can also use homemade dried breadcrumbs. Just toast those up in a pan with a little olive oil, add in your zest and bam. Done.
The breadcrumbs should keep in the fridge for a couple weeks so I like to use them as a topper for everything. Salads, soup, other pasta dishes.
My favorite meal combination is this spinach artichoke orzo, olive-oil packed sardines and lots of lemony breadcrumbs over everything. So good!
More one pot pasta recipes
- One Pot French Onion Pasta
- One Pot Tuscan Pasta
- Toasted Lemon Pepper Orzo with Crispy Chickpeas
- One Pot Harissa Bolognese
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