Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

It's a snap! A 10 oz pakage of frozen chopped spinach , thawed and squeezed to drain, can be substituted for fresh spinach.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter in 3 quart saucepan over medium heat. Cook garlic, onion and carrot in butter about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally until carrot and onion are tender.
  2. Stir in broth, orzo and spinach.
  3. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occassionally until broth is absorbed.
  4. Stir in salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese and basil before serving.
Most Helpful

I love how easily and quickly this came together. I left out the garlic and found the dish to still have plenty of flavor, although I do plan to add the garlic next time. Thanks for sharing!

Raichka March 16, 2016

I used frozen spinach as I save the raw baby spinach for my green smoothies (yum!). Otherwise I followed the recipe and it was sooo good! I will definitely make this again. I used my newly purchased potato ricer to squeeze out the liquid from the thawed spinach and it worked great!

HisPixie September 07, 2012

Great recipe, I didn't have basil so I omitted. I did however add some crushed red pepper flakes and doubled the fresh parmesan. My husband doesn't like spinach but liked this, I used fresh spinach. Thanks..

KATHLEEN Woller July 24, 2010