Spinach Artichoke Orzo

May 9, 2011

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Kraft.




Believe it or not, I don’t watch a lot of food TV so my first real exposure to Paula Deen, aside from seeing her on magazine covers at the supermarket checkout, was during a trip to Savannah a couple of years ago.  A tour guide’s joke aside, (butter fried in butter, har-dee-har-har), the food was divine.  Then I came across The Real Women of Philadelphia and this amazing contest.

Who wouldn’t want a chance to win $25,000, along with fame, fortune and meeting the fabulous Paula Deen?  From now until May 29 The Real Women of Philadelphia is giving cooks from all kinds of kitchens a chance to do just that!   Register at  Visit the Official site and you’re eligible to submit your own video for a chance to:

  • Contribute to a Cookbook
  • Star in their very own Cooking Videos
  • Make Publicity Appearances
  • A chance to become a Guest Contributor to national food magazines
  • And become $25,000 richer!

Although of course I know all about traditional Philadelphia Cream Cheese, which is a big part of next week’s featured recipe, I’d never noticed Philadelphia Cooking Cremes before but what a great product!  They’re an easy way to add real, rich flavor to a variety of dishes.  Seeing all the fabulous recipe ideas inspired me to create this one.  The only hard part was choosing a variety for my first recipe since all four are very tempting.  Because the spinach and artichoke combo is one of my favorites and since I’ve never met a pasta I didn’t like, putting the two together for an easy side dish seemed like a natural.  Philadelphia Savory Garlic Cooking Creme made it easy.  Although it’s not part of the Real Women of Philadelphia contest, it was a winner with my family.

Give it a try and then once you see how easy they are to use, mix it up and come up with your own creation.  Who knows, you could be a big winner!  Just be sure to check out the Official Rules.

  • Philadelphia Savory Garlic Cooking Creme
  • Orzo, 1 pound
  • Fresh Spinach, 1 9-oz bag
  • Artichoke Hearts, 1 9-oz frozen box, thawed
  • Green Onions, 1 bunch
  • Butter, 2 tablespoons

Put the water on for the orzo and then slice the green onions, including a good bit of the green part.

In a large skillet or saute pan, melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften.

Stir in the artichokes and cook another minute or two.

Add the spinach and let it cook down a bit.

As the spinach cooks down, give it another stir or two then remove from heat.

Drain the orzo and dump it into a big bowl.  Toss in the spinach-artichoke mixture.

Add one whole container of Philadelphia Savory Garlic Cooking Creme.

Stir it all together, until the orzo is well-coated.

Serve it up nice and warm.  Enjoy!

Now, go  Visit the Promotions & Prizes section and Visit the Official site. The finalists are being selected and their recipes are amazing.  Which one will you make first?  Leave a comment and tell me what’s whetting your appetite!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews May 10, 2011 at 11:11 am

Oh yum! This looks like perfect comfort food. Do the cooking cremes come in lowfat? I know, NOT the same, but I’m trying to lose baby weight! ;)


2 Amy @ A Little Nosh May 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Well, that looks easy enough!


3 wanda May 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Wow. You had me at Spinach Artichoke! This looks incredible!
I’d love to eat the whole bowl.


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