Creamy Mushroom And Spinach Orzo


Creamy and savory Mushroom and Spinach Orzo is the perfect pasta side dish for any meal. Ready in just over 20 minutes, with simple yet delicious flavors! This vegetarian orzo dish can be enjoyed as a satisfying meat-free meal.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  1. Fast and Simple – Orzo is a small pasta shape, with pieces about the size of grains of rice. That means that it cooks up quickly! Dinner will be ready in about 30 minutes.
  2. A Versatile Recipe – Once you’ve made this creamy orzo recipe once, you’ll no doubt think of ways to make it even better! Feel free to add in other veggies, seasonings, or cooked meats to switch things up.
  3. Flexible Serving Size – This recipe makes about 6 side-dish-sized servings, but you should plan on 3-4 servings if this is your main dish.
  4. Vegetarian Friendly – Mushrooms are often enjoyed by vegetarians, as they have a meaty, chewy texture and flavor that isn’t otherwise easy to find in things that aren’t meat. This is an excellent meal to make for a vegetarian friend, or if you’re interested in adjusting the amount of meat that your family is eating.

Storing Tips

Store any leftovers in the fridge, sealed in an airtight container. They will stay fresh for 3-4 days.

I love leftovers of mushroom orzo! Simply reheat servings in the microwave and enjoy. If needed, stir in a splash of water to make it saucy and creamy again.

Orzo doesn’t freeze well, as the pasta is very small. It absorbs too much liquid when you freeze it and ends up mushy.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon (13 g) unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 pound (450 grams) cremini mushrooms aka chestnut mushrooms, sliced thinly into ¼ inch slices
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cloves garlic minced

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