Monday Meal Highlight – Beef Orzo Skillet

by fiber-musings

BeefOrzoSkillet_800I have been a fan of the Cozi family organizer website and phone app for years. It is the ultimate way for me to organize my shopping lists, to-do lists, calendar, contacts and more. I can quickly save recipes from anywhere on the web and have them added to my Cozi recipe box. I can use the meal planner to plan meals for the week and then I can add all the ingredients from the recipes to my grocery list. And the best part? I can access all of it on my phone. Oh wait, even better?…. My husband can also access lists from his phone. “Hey hunny, can you pick up a few things from the grocery on your way home? It’s on the grocery list.”

No this is not a sponsored post, I just feel that this has made life soo much easier for me, especially as a avid recipe adventurer, mother and Type-A planner.

So this weeks meal highlight is a recipe straight from the Cozi blog. This Beef Orzo Skillet is a easy, hearty, AND it’s a one pot wonder. Ahh, sigh- I love a good one pot meal. I make a couple modifications to the recipe to try to make it a little healthier, which I have outlined below. Enjoy!

PREP TIME: 15 min
COOK TIME: 10 min
TOTAL TIME: 25 min
YIELD: 4 servings


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef  – (I use ground turkey)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes ( I use the garlic, basil, oregano flavor)
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium beef broth  – (I use vegetable or chicken)
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces orzo pasta, dried (1 cup) – (I use whole wheat orzo, or substitue Cauliflower in lieu of the pasta)
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed. (Several cups of fresh spinach works well, too)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  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.
  5. Serve with cheese to sprinkle on top.

via Beef Orzo Skillet | Cozi Simplifies Family Life.