Saucy Italian Orzo Recipe
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Saucy Italian Orzo Recipe

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Orzo is a fun twist in this hearty, saucy Italian dish. Spinach not only provides color and flavor, but also gives this meal a healthy kick. Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 340 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 1054mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, orzo and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until orzo is tender. Add spinach; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Saucy Italian Orzo in Simple & Delicious January/February 2010, p12

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danielleylee User ID: 4484886 247246
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2016

"I used whole wheat orzo and 93/7 lean meat. I also used 1 can of spicy diced tomatoes and one can of stewed tomatoes. Instead of Italian seasoning I used penzey spice's pasta sprinkle. My husband really enjoyed this dish. I might stuff peppers with this filling next time."

Dnpop User ID: 8483299 231935
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2015

"This was really tasty! I did need to double the Italian seasoning, and added a good amount of kosher salt and black pepper. My family was not a fan of the spinach and everyone ate around the pieces! My husband suggested to make it again but without the spinach and to use it for lettuce wraps! It was so delicious and I think if we use the meat mixture that way it will be perfect!"

Rosemary Swope User ID: 1654672 224187
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"This is very good and simple to make. Thank you for sharing this recipe."

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 145816
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"Delicious! My husband and I loved it, especially with some shredded Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. I couldn't wait until lunch to eat some of the leftovers so I had it for breakfast this morning :) Leftovers warmed up really good! Will definitely make this again."

CABMamasan User ID: 3947816 169089
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"I was looking for a recipe to use up the orzo that's been sitting in my pantry and this was perfect. Easy, quick, and satisfying! Even better when topped with freshly grated parm."

bmbadgley User ID: 3904867 169087
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"The family loves this! Delish!"

bborden User ID: 4038539 211399
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"Very easy. Really enjoyed this meal. Easy to freeze leftovers for a quick meal down the road."

mnccaleb User ID: 4255057 117154
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2011

"It was very good, a little different than what we're used to, but I thought it had plenty of flavor. I followed the recipe exactly, except I used plain canned tomatoes and added my own basil garlic and oregano."

mjweir User ID: 1101302 211398
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"This is my new favorite can't miss recipe. It is so comforting and everyone just loves it. It doubles and even tripes easily, enabling you to feed a big crowd with one pot. I love the addition of spinach for vitamins and fiber and I, also, added more than was called for (about twice as much). I used half of the canned tomatoes called for and used canned fire roasted tomatoes for the other half, which lent a deep sweetness to the dish. I also went much lighter on the tomato paste, using two tablespoons instead of the whole can. This one is a treasure!"

mkfrazier User ID: 4922365 174556
Reviewed May. 10, 2010

"We found this to be a nice dish but a little on the bland side. Next time, some red pepper flakes will find their way into the pan. Or even better, some Italian sausage. (Of course, that adds fat, but it would be tasty!)"

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