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Beef Orzo Skillet

America Makes Dinner

Beef Orzo Skillet is one of the top-rated recipe selections in the Cozi Family Dinner Club, so it has won a spot as an America Makes Dinner selection as well!

This recipe was submitted by Dinner Club member Patsy P. Thanks for sharing one of your favorites, Patsy! She says, "My family requests it almost weekly!"

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MAIN INGREDIENTS: ground beef, tomatoes, spinach, orzo, Parmesan cheese

Prep time: 30 min Cook time: 30 min Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes ( I use the garlic, basil, oregano flavor)
  • 1½ cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 tsp minced fresh oregano or ½ tsp crumbled dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 8 ounces orzo pasta, dried (1 cup) - try whole wheat if you can find it!
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • ½-¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation

  1. Sprinkle salt into a 10 to 12 inch frying pan over medium-high heat. Crumble beef into pan and cook, stirring often, until meat begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium, stir in onion, and continue to cook, stirring, until onion is soft but not brown, about 5 minutes. Spoon off and discard excess fat.
  3. Add garlic, tomatoes (break them up with a spoon) and their liquid, broth, oregano, and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil then stir in pasta. Reduce heat, cover and simmer gently until pasta is tender to bite, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, squeeze as much liquid as possible from spinach. Stir spinach into pasta mixture just until heated through. Serve with cheese to add to taste.
  5. Serve with: sliced peaches topped with vanilla yogurt

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