Creamy Mushroom Spinach Orzo

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Creamy Mushroom Spinach Orzo

Not Including the shrimp will make this a vegetarian side dish. Adding it will turn this into a main dish.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 374 kcal


  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups shredded baby spinach
  • 24 oz shrimp optional, 4 oz per serving


  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and shallot, and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in vegetable broth, and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in if desired the shrimp
  • Stir in half and half and Parmesan, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Stir in orzo and spinach until the spinach has wilted, about 3 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Paulson Pursuits is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.


Calories: 374kcalCarbohydrates: 26.1gProtein: 33.1gFat: 14.9gSaturated Fat: 4.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 7.3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 85.3mgSodium: 294mgPotassium: 792.4mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2.9gVitamin A: 1632.8IUVitamin C: 8.4mgCalcium: 162.2mgIron: 1.8mg
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