Before I get into the regular post, I wanted to thank Jhuls at The Not So Creative Cook for featuring me in her Introducing New Bloggers post today. Jhuls has a great blog where she not only posts some delicious recipes and kitchen tips, but is also a big player in the bringing the WordPress food blogging community together with her participation in Fiesta Friday and now her ‘Introducing…’ series. Thanks Jhuls!
Yesterday, I was Skyping my parents and my mum told me that I’d been ranting too much in my posts lately. Looking back, I can see where she’s coming from, but my rants are about petty things, they don’t mean any harm. I’m not an angry person. I just hope I’m not turning into a whinging Pom.
Anyway, today I will avoid any kind of ranting and instead talk about this Spinach & Parmesan Orzo. It is tasty. It is cheesy. It is vegetarian. And it is super quick to make. It’s great for an easy dinner on a weeknight or for a lazy weekend meal. It’s an especially perfect thing to make if you plan on watching an entire season of Orange is the New Black in two and a half days, as I may or may not have done this past weekend. The whole thing comes together so quickly that you can get maximum TV viewing out of your evening!
I watched the entire Season 2 of Orange is the New Black this weekend, starting on Friday evening and finishing on Sunday night. It was awesome and even better than the first season! I didn’t vacuum our flat because I was too busy watching it. I was reluctant to even leave the flat at all because I was too busy watching it. Though I was persuaded out to the park for a few hours to enjoy the sunshine. It comes out so rarely that I couldn’t miss that window of opportunity, even for Orange is the New Black.
My withdrawal hasn’t yet set in, but I predict in about 2 weeks time I’ll regret watching the whole season so quickly. Oh well, c’est la vie. Today I’m still in the mindset that it was totally worth it!
Spinach & Parmesan Orzo
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
200g orzo pasta
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp plain flour
½ cup milk
⅔ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
¾ cup baby spinach
1 tsp chilli flakes, optional
Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook orzo in a medium saucepan of boiling, salted water over high heat for approx. 7-8 minutes, until cooked through or according to package instructions. Drain with a sieve and set aside.
- While orzo is cooking, in a separate large saucepan, heat olive oil and add minced garlic. Cook over medium heat until garlic has softened, about 1 minute.
- Turn heat to low, then add flour, followed by milk andwhisk to combine. Whisk constantly until mixture thickens, about 2 minutes, then add parmesan cheese, spinach, chilli flakes and salt and pepper. Stir until spinach has wilted, then add cooked orzo. Serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Table for Two