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Cheesy Spinach Rice and Orzo Recipe

A delicious and easy side that’s great served with chicken, beef or fish! Tons of flavor and ready in less than 20 minutes! I recently started a new job at a really great non-profit called Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota! I’m part-time right now, but at the end of July I’ll be their full time Americorps VISTA worker! I’m super excited for this opportunity to give back to the community as well as learn some new and valuable skills!

One of the really great things about Promise Neighborhood is their community garden! They have volunteers come in from around the community to plant, weed and harvest the garden. They then give the veggies to members of the community to cook with at home!

As you can see, the garden is coming along nicely, thanks to our amazing volunteers! We have no paid staff that works in the garden, so the help from volunteers is greatly appreciated. I’ve been bringing home tons of spinach these last couple weeks, and today’s recipe is just one of the few that I will be sharing with you using the amazing produce from the community garden!



2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup long grain white rice
1/2 cup orzo
2 3/4 cup chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup fresh spinach, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper



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In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium-medium high heat. Add basmati and orzo, saute and stir often until it starts to brown.
Add chicken broth, milk, onion and parsley. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer.
Cook until rice and orzo is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in cheddar and spinach, salt and pepper.
Remove from heat and let stand for 2-3 minutes before serving.


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