Looking for new ways to mix-up my weeknight dinner routine and still eat healthy I came up with this delicious combination of artichokes, spinach, chicken and orzo pasta. Similar to mac & cheese but much healthier, this recipe is easy to prepare and very tasty.
Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Chicken, Artichokes & Spinach
1 cup orzo pasta
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup skim milk
2 cups spinach, chopped
1/2 can artichokes hearts, quartered
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook orzo according to package instructions. Drain well and set aside.
In the meantime heat olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant about 1-2 minutes.
Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
Add spinach and cook until wilted. Stir in artichokes and Parmesan. Add orzo and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.