Tomato Orzo with Chickpeas and Spinach

rich tomato sauce, orzo, chickpeas, wilted spinach, fresh basil

Recipe

Serves: 2 Servings | Time to Table: 20 Minutes | Calories: 571 | Category: Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Vegan | Allergens: Contains Wheat (Orzo). Processed in a facility that handles wheat + egg | Excellent Source of: Fiber, Iron, Potassium, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C | Good Source of: Calcium


Equipment:

  • - 2 Medium Saucepans
  • - Chef's Knife
  • - Colander
  • - Measuring Spoons

What You Need:

  • - Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • - Kosher Salt or Flake Sea Salt
  • - Olive Oil

What We Send:

  • - Baby Spinach
  • - Chickpeas
  • - Crushed Tomatoes
  • - Diced Yellow Onion
  • - Fresh Basil
  • - Minced Garlic
  • - Orzo
  • - Tomato Paste

Wine Pairings by @grapefriend

A light, minerally Cabernet Franc will be delicious with the tomatoes and spinach.

Beer Pairings

An Altbier Barley Ale is the perfect complement to pasta dishes with rich tomato sauces.

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What To Do:

Tomato Orzo with Chickpeas and Spinach - Step 1

1. Cook Orzo: Bring salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add orzo and cook 8 minutes or until tender. Drain and keep warm.

Tomato Orzo with Chickpeas and Spinach - Step 2

2. While Orzo Cooks, Start Sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a separate medium saucepan. Add onion and garlic. Cook 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Simmer 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Tomato Orzo with Chickpeas and Spinach - Step 3

3. Chop Basil: Set aside a few basil leaves for garnish. Run a knife through the remaining basil.

Tomato Orzo with Chickpeas and Spinach - Step 4

4. Finish Dish: Add orzo, chopped basil, chickpeas and spinach to sauce. Stir until spinach is wilted.

To Serve: Divide orzo evenly between 2 serving bowls. Top with basil leaves for garnish.

Pro Tip:

If you like a “softer” chickpea, add them to the orzo water during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.
Spice it Up!: Shave some Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the top.

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