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Spinach Garlic Parmesan Orzo with Crispy Bacon

Blossom Lady
Jul 15, 2022 09:06 PM
Spinach Garlic Parmesan Orzo with Crispy Bacon

Easy, flavorful spinach garlic parmesan orzo pasta with crispy bacon and gorgeous veggies like red bell pepper, corn, carrots, and spinach. This creamy garlic parmesan orzo recipe comes together in 30-minutes, is the perfect meal prep dinner, and is delicious hot or cold! This summer I shared an amazing bacon parmesan brussels sprouts spaghetti, which was loosely inspired by this incredible, creamy garlic parmesan orzo pasta with spinach, crispy bacon and all the veggies you could dream of. This delicious, healthy 30 minute dinner is one that you can throw together any day of the week. Everyone loves it thanks to that flavorful, crispy bacon. Personally, I’m a huge fan because it’s a great excuse to use up all the veggies in your fridge (including an entire package of spinach!)

I recommend serving this recipe with a side of my best ever garlic bread, because the hell why not?

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 10 ounces uncooked orzo pasta (about 1 2/3 cup uncooked orzo)
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water, after pasta is done boiling
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ cup shredded carrots (or carrots cut into matchsticks)
  • 2/3 cup frozen or fresh sweet corn
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 (5 ounce) package organic spinach
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes, plus more if desired
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • To garnish: Fresh flat-leaf parsley + extra parmesan cheese, corn and bacon on top
Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
20 minutes
Total Time:
30 minutes
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