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One-Pot Cheesy Spinach Bacon Orzo

This cheesy spinach bacon orzo is everyone's favorite weeknight comfort food and nobody will ever guess it's made in ONE pot in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 strips bacon diced
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 12 oz dry orzo pasta
  • 1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter and saute garlic, bacon, and onion in butter until browned. Add chicken broth, milk, half-and-half, and dry pasta into skillet and reduce heat to medium. Cover skillet.
  • Bring pasta to a boil, stirring occasionally until most of the liquid is evaporated and pasta is cooked, about 10-15 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk flour and water until smooth and add to skillet. Stir cheese, spinach, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste into pasta and gently stir until combined. Serve orzo hot and enjoy!