Creamy Roasted Garlic & Spinach Orzo

creamy and full of flavor
Creamy and full of flavor
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1 whole bulb Garlic
2 tsp Olive oil divided
1 ¾ cups Orzo pasta uncooked
2 ½ cups Chicken stock
3 oz Cream Cheese reduced-fat
1 package (9 oz) Fresh spinach trimmed and chopped
¼ cup Asiago cheese shredded
¼ cup Milk fat-free
1 tsp Seasoning salt-free garlic pepper blend
¼ tsp Salt
2 tbsp Parsley minced fresh

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Creamy Roasted Garlic & Spinach Orzo


This Creamy Roasted Garlic & Spinach Orzo is absolutely bursting with flavor. The roasted garlic elevates the dish from tasty to mind-blowing! It’s a great recipe to feed a crowd and I usually serve this in the center of the table and let everyone help themselves. In this dish, I use Asiago cheese which is similar to Parmesan but is a bit nuttier and creamier. If you can’t get Asiago, substitute it with Parmesan.

The secret ingredient in this recipe is the roasted garlic so I start by peeling the outer skin from the garlic bulb and slicing the top so that the cloves are exposed. I drizzle the cloves with oil and wrap the bulb in foil before roasting in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Fry the orzo pasta lightly in oil before adding stock to rehydrate. Stir in the remaining ingredients and serve. Couldn’t be easier (or tastier!).

To make Creamy Roasted Garlic & Spinach Orzo, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Creamy Roasted Garlic & Spinach Orzo


Heat the oven


Preheat the oven to 425 °F.


Prepare the garlic


Remove the outer skin from the garlic bulb, but leave the skin on the cloves and make sure the cloves stay attached. Slice the top off the garlic bulb and expose the individual cloves. Drizzle the exposed cloves with a teaspoon of oil. Wrap the garlic bulb in foil.


Roast the garlic


Roast the garlic in the oven for 30-35 minutes until cloves are soft. Unwrap the foil and when the cloves are cool enough to handle, squeeze the garlic from skins.


Brown orzo pasta


In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the orzo and cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned.


Add stock and cook orzo


Add 2 ½ cups of stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cover the pan. Simmer for 10-12 minutes until the pasta is tender and the liquid is completely absorbed.


Add cream cheese


Stir in 3 ounces of reduced-fat cream cheese until melted.


Add remaining ingredients


Add the package of spinach, ¼ cup of Asiago cheese, ¼ cup of milk, 1 teaspoon of garlic pepper seasoning blend, ¼ teaspoon of salt and the squeezed roasted garlic. Cook while stirring until the spinach is wilted.



Serve on a large serving plate sprinkled with 2 tablespoons of minced parsley.

This Creamy Roasted Garlic & Spinach Orzo recipe is a mind-blowingly tasty meat free dish. Try it out soon and don’t forget to come back here and leave a review for me.

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Total Reviews: 13
Kathleen Deshong

Kids gobbled this right up without an issue, very cheesy and mouthwatering I liked it a lot.

Isabela Milsom

Good with some cheesy garlic bread or black bread alongside some tasty wine haha!

Paityn Jennewein

Can't say it was the best orzo meal cause the creamy sun dried tomato one still takes that spot but it was good too.

Nancy Sheely

Flavorful and simple though I didn't add the asiago cheese cause it was creamy enough.

Livia Ambrosio

Love this meal, honestly one of my favorites can't get enough of this dish.

Maryjane Jedziniak

Totally delicious one of my favorite lunches I've ever made myself.

Coral Hildabrand

Couldn't find the asiago cheese so ended up using mozzarella, any one have ideas where to buy it in Slovakia?

Haleigh Vellanki

This was alright, would've prefered penne pasta instead of orzo with this recipe though.

Paula Vavra

Best recipe with orzo out there thanks to Jelena, she never fails to post the best stuff, would recommend all her meals.

Vivianna Policicchio

Only thing to say is it's the BOMB! Thanks so much for the amazing orzo recipe even made another thing from this website for dessert--traditional welsh bread.

Angelique Lien

Amazing creamy spinach orzo,so tasty love it a lot.

Chanel Gungor

Very tasty I'm happy with this roasted orzo going to be making it weekly from now on.


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