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The Easiest One Pan Spinach and Artichoke Orzo Bake. Trust me, this is going to become your new go-to for busy nights. Marinated artichokes with fresh spinach, garlic, and olive oil, all tossed together with dry orzo pasta, basil pesto, and then finished with melty fontina cheese. This tasty dish is all made in one pan without even having to boil any water. Simply mix, bake, eat, and enjoy!

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Happy Monday! I’m writing this from sunny, warm Miami. Here for a very quick trip but soaking up as much of the warm weather as I can. But by the time you read this, I’ll be home.

I made this yummy bake last week and have been so excited to share it ever since. It’s so good and I think you’ll all love how easy it is to make!

If you remember from last year, I made a Caprese Orzo Bake that I quickly started to make on repeat throughout the spring and summer.

It’s such a smart cooking method that saves us all so much time. And because of that, we especially love this recipe.

I took inspiration from that recipe and applied the cooking method to this orzo bake. I just love the variety of flavors! Plus, it means that there is truly no effort to this one pan pasta dish.

One Pan Spinach and Artichoke Orzo Bake | halfbakedharvest.com

Here are the details

This recipe is so simple it’s going to shock you!

Start with your baking dish. Use a casserole-style pan that can fit lots of pasta and cheese.

To the bottom of the pan, add in the olive oil, garlic, herbs, and spices. I used a few Italian chilies for some heat, and a small amount of paprika too.

Add dry orzo pasta right to the pan, no need to boil it!

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Now, mix in the artichokes. It’s best to use jarred marinated artichoke hearts. They’ll come with a mix of oil and spices. I use the DeLallo brand.

Dump the oil and artichokes directly into the pan with the orzo for an even more delicious flavor.

Next mix in basil pesto and a pinch of chili flakes. Or try using the Calabrian chili paste I’ve been loving.

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From here simply add water and bake it all up in the oven. As everything bakes together, the orzo will soak up the water and become perfectly cooked. It’s such a simple way to cook orzo pasta!

Pull the dish out, add a mix of mozzarella and provolone cheese, then bake again until the cheese is all melty and bubbling up.

It’s going to smell so delicious!! The pesto really is such a nice addition to the spinach and artichokes.

One Pan Spinach and Artichoke Orzo Bake | halfbakedharvest.com

Top with plenty of fresh basil and that’s literally it. SO SIMPLE, SO DELICIOUS! And I love that there’s basically no prep or extra dishes.

Simple but delicious really is the key! Especially as we head into the nice springtime weather!

One Pan Spinach and Artichoke Orzo Bake | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other easy pasta bakes? Here are my favorites: 

One Pot Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta with Whipped Ricotta

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta

4 Cheese Sun-Dried Tomato and Spinach Pasta Bake

Lastly, if you make this Easy One Pan Spinach and Artichoke Orzo Bake, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

One Pan Spinach and Artichoke Orzo Bake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 543 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
    2. In a 9×13 inch baking dish, combine the olive oil, garlic, shallots, basil, paprika, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Add the dry orzo, artichokes, and pesto. Pour over 2 1/4 cups of water and stir to combine. Place the spinach on top. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until most of the water has cooked into the pasta, but not all of it.
    3. Stir the pasta around, then sprinkle the cheeses overtop. Bake another 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the sauce is bubbling. If there's a lot of oil from the pesto on top, drain off the excess. Top with fresh basil!
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  1. I am making this recipe for the fourth time this weekend, for company coming. I absolutely love it and it has been such a hit every time that I have served it.

    It’s the perfect dish to serve that you can prep ahead of time and I don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and can enjoy my guests.

    so delicious!!

    1. Hey Sue,
      Wonderful!! I’m so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it:) Have a great weekend! xT

      1. I’m just getting ready to make this and realized I don’t have orzo! Can I substitute Fusilli for orzo?

        1. Hey Liz,
          It’s going to cook differently, do you have a smaller noodle? Let me know how the recipe turns out! xT

        2. We are a gluten free family and orzo has gluten. Could this be made with white or brown rice?

          1. Hi Carly,
            You would have to adjust the cook time and probably the liquid for rice, but your local grocery store should carry a gluten free orzo. Let me know if you give this recipe a try! xT

  2. I made this tonight! Turned out a little spicy because I used a Tbsp of red pepper instead of chili flakes, lol.

    1. Hey Claire,
      Happy Friday!! I appreciate you making this recipe and your feedback, so glad to hear it turned out nicely for you! Xx

  3. Hi, I made this and the orzo ended up hard. Not sure what I did wrong but any recommendations for fixing this?

    1. Hi Nicole,
      Thanks for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback, sorry to hear your orzo was hard. Did you add the 2 1/4 cups of water to the dish? Anything you may have adjusted? xx

    1. Hi Susan,
      Sure, I would fully make the recipe and then cover and reheat on low to warm through. Let me know if you have any other questions! xT

      1. Hey Sarah,
        Happy Monday! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a lot for making it! Xx

    1. Hey Becky,
      So sorry, I have not. If you want to try it, I would fully make the recipe and freeze after baking:) Please let me know if I can help in any other way! xT

    1. Hey Taylor,
      Amazing!! I’m so glad to hear this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xT