Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Spinach is the perfect side dish that compliments just about any protein you serve it with. It could also be used as a main dish and topped with grilled shrimp or crispy bacon.
Looking for an adult version of mac and cheese? You’ve found the answer– it’s my Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Spinach. I love to entertain with this side dish. I always describe it as an adult mac and cheese and people don’t get it until they have their first bite. That’s when they gobble it up and ask for seconds and sometimes thirds. Even my kids love this dish–so don’t think you can only make this for adults.
I was first inspired to make this dish back in 2016 when we took a Carnival Cruise. One of the evenings in the main dining room, I had this amazing creamy orzo and spinach side with my dinner. I devoured it and knew I needed to recreate it when I got back home. Over the past two years I’ve been making this side dish for my family, and had never shared it with my readers. I know–shame on me. I’m so glad that I finally took the time to measure out and write this recipe.