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Creamy Garlic Mushroom Orzo

Creamy Garlic Mushroom Orzo

This creamy garlic mushrooms orzo pasta is so easy to prepare and tastes delicious.

Say hello to one of my favorite back-pocket recipes that’s elegant enough to dress up for a dinner party or date night…yet also totally easy enough to whip up for a busy weeknight dinner in. ♡

This creamy mushroom orzo is great for almost any occasion. In our house it’s always. This is a good example of a way to get started. A winner. It’s made with a full pound of mushrooms, which we’ll sauté in butter with garlic and shallots until browned and extra-flavorful. To those, we’ll layer in a creamy basil sauce made with lots of umami-rich Parmesan, plus some (optional) lemon juice and zest if you’d like. Just before serving, the orzo is cooked al dente and spinach is added to create an elegant, well-balanced pasta dish.

This dish is usually served vegetarian at our house. However, you can always add an additional protein to it (e.g. Italian sausage, chicken or shrimp) or meatballs. You’re also totally welcome to add in some extra veggies or sun-dried tomatoes, or change the seasonings here completely (ideas below). The dish is flexible, and…

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