Saucy Italian Orzo

Saucy Italian Orzo

This is a great recipe for a weeknight meal because it’s easy to make and most of the ingredients are common pantry staples.  It’s packed full of flavor, and the spinach provides a healthy dose of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants.  Each serving contains just 340 calories, and it’s low in fat and high in protein.  It only takes 30 minutes to make, and the leftovers are great the next day.  Enjoy!

Saucy Italian Orzo

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (or ½ lb. ground beef & ½ lb. Italian sausage)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano & 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

Directions

  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.

Serves: 6

Source: Taste of Home Simple & Delicious Magazine, January/February 2010

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