Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

The first time I had orzo, I thought it was rice. Little did I know, it was pasta masquerading as rice. Since discovering it’s true nature, I am constantly thinking of ways to incorporate it into my meal rotation. So good, so pasta!

This easy, frugal vegan orzo cannellini beans recipe cooks up fast, and is packed with savory flavors.  It works well as a side or as a main entree. And it tastes great whether you top it with vegan cheese or not!

Vegan Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

1 small onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

2 Tbsp vegan butter

1 cup dried orzo pasta

2 cups broth (fake chicken or vegetable)

1-2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 scallion, chopped

3 cups fresh spinach, packed

15.5 ounce can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Salt and black pepper

Vegan cheese, to top – optional (vegan feta or vegan parmesan work well)

Onions, garlic, vegan butter

1. In a large skillet, add vegan butter, onion, garlic, salt and black pepper.  Saute over medium heat for 5 minutes or until onion are soft and a little golden.

Orzo with onions and garlic

2. Add dried orzo and sauté for 3 more minutes, constantly stirring the orzo around in the skillet.  

Cooked orzo

3. Add broth and reduce to medium-low heat.  Simmer without a lid for 10 minutes, or until the orzo are cooked through. Stir every now and then to keep it from sticking.

Vegan Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

4.  Stir in lemon juice, scallion, spinach, and the cannellini beans.  If it’s sticking a little to the bottom of the skillet, stir in 1-2 tablespoons of water.

5. Constantly stir over low heat until the spinach wilts and the cannellini beans cook through (about 2 minutes).  Top with vegan cheese, if using, and serve.

Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo
Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

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