Spinach Orzo

(from jerseyjenny’s recipe box)

Add the orzo to the boiling water a couple of minutes before slipping the pork chops into the hot oil.

Source: Cook's Illustrated April 2007

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Serves 4 people

Categories: Cook's Illustrated, orzo, sides, spinach


  • Table salt
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium clove garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Ground black pepper


  1. Bring 3 quarts water to boil in large pot over high heat. Add 1 teaspoon salt and orzo and cook until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water and drain orzo.

  2. Meanwhile, place spinach, oil, garlic, and lemon zest in large serving bowl. Add drained orzo and toss to coat, adding reserved cooking water as necessary, until spinach is wilted. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Serve.

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