Spinach Orzo

So-good-for-you orzo, flavored with spinach, carrot, basil and Parmesan, is just the right mix for a tasty dinner fix!

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 37 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

2
teaspoons margarine
2
garlic cloves, finely chopped
1
small carrot, coarsely shredded (1/2 cup)
1
carton (32 oz) Progresso™ chicken broth (4 cups)
2
cups uncooked orzo or rosamarina pasta (12 ounces)
3
cups thinly sliced fresh spinach
3
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1
tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Melt margarine in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Cook garlic and carrot in margarine about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until carrot is tender.
  • 2 Stir in broth, pasta and spinach. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until broth is absorbed. Stir in remaining ingredients before serving.

Expert Tips

Diets rich in fruits and vegetables--and the antioxidants they contain--may help slow the age-related declines of the brain and nervous system.

Use a 10-ounce package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain, instead of the fresh spinach.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
160
(
Calories from Fat
25 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 g
3 %
(Saturated Fat
1 g,
1 %
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
400 mg
400 %;
Total Carbohydrate
27 g
27 %
(Dietary Fiber
2 g
2 %
),
Protein
8 g
8 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
22%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.