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Spinach and Tomato Orzotto

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Sometimes I feel a bit like an odd duck when it comes to cooking. I can’t tell you how many times I have “amazed” people with the fact that I not only can cook and bake but that I do, frequently.  Are men in the kitchen really that rare?


I come from a family of equal opportunity cooking. Yes, my Dad was usually the one manning the grill (pun intended!) and my Mom was the baker, but when it came to preparing dinner for our large (7 kids!) family each night, either or both took responsibility. I learned to cook and bake from both my parents.

My close guy friends all cook too. In college, my dorm roommate and childhood friend Dave would whip us up beer braised microwaved bratwursts. My friend Mike hosts his annual Meat Appreciate Day where he cooks up, you guessed it, a variety of meat inspired dishes ranging from venison chili to bacon wrapped Cajun jerk chicken. And my friend Tom? Amazing homemade sushi.


So having said all that, you’d logically expect me to say this Spinach and Tomato Orzotto was cooked by me. But it wasn’t – see, I pulled a fast one on you! Rachel made it for this week’s Taste Test Thursday after coming across a number of beautiful and simple recipes from Laura of Laura’s Recipe Collection. Similar to risotto, it has a delicious creamy texture to it. It’s a very simple and straight forward dish, which is especially great when trying to keep a 7 month old entertained.


Recipe: Spinach and Tomato Orzotto


  • 2 cups orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4 cups chicken broth, warmed
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon herbs de province
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Note: We added some left over chicken to round out the meal. Fantastic either way.


  1. In a small sauce pan over low heat warm the chicken broth. Keep warm.
  2. Melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat, then sauté the shallot until it is translucent. Add the garlic to the pan and cook one minute further.
  3. Add the orzo to the pan and stir to coat the pasta, then pour the wine into the pan and stir to deglaze. Simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, then add 3/4 cup of the broth. Continue to add the broth 3/4 cup at a time, letting most of the liquid absorb between each addition, until the pasta is slightly softer than al dente, adding the spinach to the pan with the last liquid addition.
  4. Add the tomatoes and herbs de province and cook for one minute further. Remove from heat and stir in the parmesan. Sprinkle with additional grated parmesan to serve.

Recipe from: Laura’s Recipe Collection

Men, do you enjoy cooking/baking?
Ladies, are you the primary chef in the house or do the men in your lives like to cook too?



20 thoughts

  • October 27, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I have never been blessed with a man who can cook an egg, let alone bake something; Perhaps there’s a reason I’m still single…

    On a different note: this simple and flavorful dish looks incredible. Now I’m hungry!

    • Chris
      October 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks Ashley! Don’t fret, there are men out there that can cook 😉

    • Chris
      October 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      Same here, but it came out perfect 🙂

  • October 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I come from a family of great cooks, many of whom are men. My dad still cooks fairly often and my brother does a lot of the cooking in his house. I wish my husband knew how to cook! This dish looks wonderful.

    • Chris
      October 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks Melissa! Great to hear you come from a family with men who cook. Bet the holidays are great with all those chefs 🙂

    • Chris
      October 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      You can’t beat it in this increasingly cold weather, great comfort food!

  • October 28, 2011 at 12:38 am

    This pasta looks awesome! I have never cooked with orzo before but I think I need to get on it! I love the addition of spinach…yum!

    • Chris
      October 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      The orzo was even easier to cook then risotto. Hope you try it soon 🙂

  • Dana B
    October 31, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Interesting! I’ve never cooked orzo this way. Love this type of pasta dish and this looks quite yummy with the wine and broth. Also quick and easy, which is especially important with the super busy Fall I’m having. Hubby used to cook, now rare. My Dad had his special dishes (beef stew, chili, spaghetti carbonara, and coddled eggs). That was it, but that’s also his generation for the most part (he’s almost 80). Thank Rachel for finding this recipe!

    • Chris
      November 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      I agree Dana, I think a lot of the older generation just never had to cook, was never expected. But I can’t imagine not cooking. Hope you survive this busy Fall! 🙂

  • October 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I was telling my 5 year old last night that by the time he is 10 years old he will be able to cook dinner once a week for everyone, and that I will keep slowly teaching him how to make things. He was really excited by the idea…especially learning how to bake cupcakes!

    • Chris
      November 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks for the visit and the comment CityHippyFarmGirl :). Love that you are teaching your 5 year old how to cook and bake, and that he is excited to join you in the kitchen. I can’t wait to teach Baby Boy when he is older too

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  • November 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    mm, this looks soo good. i love an orzotto as a nice change from a typical risotto. in our household, i do 99% of the cooking, but my husband is always willing to help – he just doesn’t get the same thrill out of it that i do. he is always willing to do all the cleanup after dinner, though! =)

    • Chris
      November 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Doing all the dishes sounds like a fair trade off!

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  • February 15, 2012 at 6:26 am

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m fortunate that while I love to cook, my husband also loves to cook (and recently developed an affinity for bread baking).

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