This Spinach Orzo Risotto dinner recipe is the perfect side for your summer BBQ or an easy weeknight meal with fish or chicken. You can also add longer-cooking vegetables to the base such as carrots, bell peppers, or cauliflower. 

Makes 4 Servings


  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2/3 cup dry orzo pasta
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups spinach 


  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add olive oil and sauté onions until translucent. Add garlic and cook until it’s fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add orzo and stir to coat.
  3. Add chicken stock, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer, stirring frequently until most of the liquid is absorbed. About 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wilt in the spinach. 
  5. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, salt, and pepper. 

This recipe is from my well-being retreat at Canyon Ranch.

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