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Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Alfredo Casserole – Delicious vegetarian dinner with Spinach, Artichokes and Orzo pasta mixed in a lightened-up, homemade Alfredo Sauce.

Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Alfredo Casserole

Happiest of Sundays, everyone! How’s it going?

It’s the first weekend of 2015 and I spent all of it inside the house. It’s winter-nasty around these parts.
Cold, icy, rainy… I need to move somewhere tropical. I even got a spray tan the other day to remind myself of summer time happenings.

I’m orange, but that’s okay. The fake tan looks better than that ghostly white [natural] color I had on before.

Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Alfredo Casserole | www.diethood.com | Delicious vegetarian dinner with Spinach, Artichokes and Orzo pasta mixed in a lightened-up, homemade Alfredo Sauce.

However, if I moved to a truly tropical place, I would really miss wearing boots and scarves. Coats, not so much. They get in the way of EVERY.thing. For instance, driving. Tugging, pulling…so uncomfortable.

Also? Can you eat casseroles in the tropics? Like, warm and gooey casseroles? ‘Cause that could be another deal breaker.

Which brings me to my next point; things are about to get scrumptious and savory.

Spinach and artichokes aaaand orzo mixed with alfredo sauce! And baked!! Dangerous. Delicious.

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In the name of transparency, I gotta come clean. This casserole is a result of me trying not to eat an entire jar of artichokes from Cara Mia. My friends at Star Fine Foods sent it to me and, just after one try, I knew this could be dangerous. Therefore, to save myself, and to save a few artichokes for the rest of the household, I made us this insanely delicious casserole.

Remember that one time when we made the Skinny Chicken Fettuccine with Alfredo Sauce? Well, I kind of did the same thing here, except that I kinda didn’t…

I used that same lightened-up Alfredo Sauce, but mixed it with the best pair of all; spinach and artichokes. What a partnership those two are. Right? No matter where you put ’em, together, they are always delicious.

Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Alfredo Casserole | www.diethood.com | Delicious vegetarian dinner with Spinach, Artichokes and Orzo pasta mixed in a lightened-up, homemade Alfredo Sauce.

Now, here’s the deal about that sauce. When I say “whisk it” I mean “WHISK it!”. I mean, use a whisk and not a wooden spoon. I had tons of emails about that sauce “looking kinda chunky”. It was chunky because you didn’t use a whisk, m’kay? Good.

You know what else is pretty cool about this dish? You can use long grain rice instead of orzo. Yaha! I don’t because my other-half cringes at rice. At rice!! He’s so weird… I love that guy, but still. Rice?! I digress…

Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Alfredo Casserole | www.diethood.com | Delicious vegetarian dinner with Spinach, Artichokes and Orzo pasta mixed in a lightened-up, homemade Alfredo Sauce.

So, this casserole! It is simple, yet full of deliciousness and comfort. I hope you will love it, too!

P.S. My apologies for the 3-4 pots and pans you’re about to use. BUT it’s worth it!! ♥




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Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Alfredo Casserole

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WW Freestyle: 11
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
A delicious vegetarian dinner with Spinach, Artichokes and Orzo pasta mixed in a lightened-up, homemade Alfredo Sauce.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 509


  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • water , for boiling pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain , nonfat yogurt
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion , sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag (6 to 8 ounces) spinach leaves
  • 1 jar or can (14-ounces) quartered artichokes, drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded italian-blend cheeses , for topping (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Lightly grease casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Cook orzo according to the directions on the box; drain and set aside.
  • Make The Sauce
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  • Stir in flour; stir until combined.
  • Slowly whisk in vegetable broth.
  • Cook and whisk until mixture boils and thickens; remove from heat.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese; stir until melted.
  • Whisk in yogurt; whisk until combined.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Sauce will continue to thicken as it stands. If sauce is too thick, add a little water. Set aside.
  • Make the Spinach and Artichokes
  • Heat olive oil in a frying pan.
  • Add onions and salt; cook for 2 minutes, or until just tender.
  • Add spinach and cook for 2 more minutes, or until wilted.
  • Stir in artichokes and continue to cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add orzo to the skillet.
  • Stir in prepared sauce.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to previously prepared casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle the top with shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until top is lightly browned.
  • Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes.
  • Serve.


Inspired by BHG
Nutrition Facts
Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Alfredo Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 509 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 630mg26%
Potassium 165mg5%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 370IU7%
Vitamin C 4.8mg6%
Calcium 214mg21%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Keywords: easy casserole recipes, vegetarian casserole, vegetarian dinner ideas

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57 Responses
  1. Marissa

    My picky toddler and husband both loved this. I used Greek yogurt, marinated artichoke hearts, and chopped the spinach.


    Love this recipe! The flavors work so well together and so easy to make. Yes, you do have to use three pots and pans, but not a big hassle.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Do you mean that you want to prep it, but not bake it until the next day? If so, then just don’t mix the sauce into the orzo pasta mixture until you are ready to bake it. And, before adding in the prepared sauce, I’d heat it up and give it a good stir before mixing it all together.
      IF you want to prepare it and bake it, but wait until the next day to serve, then just keep it in the fridge (wrapped), until ready to serve. Heat it up in the oven at 350˚F for 10-ish minutes, or until warmed through.

  3. Candace

    Hello! I’m getting ready to prepare this dish. Silly question: Is it one cup cooked orzo? Or one cup dry measure, cooked to equal about 2.5 cups?

  4. Christina

    Want to try this!!! I was wondering do you think the yogurt could be greek yogurt? I’ve been trying to eat healthier.

  5. Krista

    I used Quinoa and brown rice pasta, cut the oil in half and added mushrooms. This was amazing! Thank you for an awesome recipe!!!

  6. Katie

    How would you suggest we go about adding chicken to this recipe? Would the amount of the other ingredients need to change? And would you add the chicken before placing it in the oven?

    LOVE this recipe the way it is! One of my faves!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Katie!! I would just season a few chicken breasts with salt and pepper; cut them up into about 1 to 2 inch cubes, and cook that in a pan with olive oil for a few minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Set that aside and then follow the above recipe from the very beginning. If you look at step 19 on the recipe, that is when I would add the cooked chicken back to the mixture and continue from there. I hope I am making sense! 😀 Let me know if this helps, at all.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Laurel! I think that’s fine. It’s what I do with the leftovers, and it still tastes really good.

  7. Tina Conrad

    Everyone went for seconds at my house! Next time though, I think I’m going to sprinkle some crumbled feta on top!

  8. Jodi

    Thank you for this recipe! I absolutely loved it even more than I thought I would (and I thought it would be good lol) and can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Carol! I use my 9 x 9 casserole dish for this particular recipe, only because I like the height. 🙂 You can also use a 9 x 13.

  9. I_Fortuna

    Nice recipe but I will be using Kerrygold butter and full cream. More satisfying in my opinion and I eat less. Weight gain and belly fat are caused by carbs like pasta and rice. I make my own yogurt but keep it for enjoying for breakfast or dessert.
    I have all the ingredients on hand for this recipe so I may make it tonight. Thanks for the recipe. : )

  10. Kayla

    This was so good for dinner! My 2.5 year old gobbled it up! Think it may be even better with penne instead of orzo!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Kayla!! So glad you all enjoyed it! Thank you!! I have made it with penne pasta, as well, and it is very good.

  11. Kit White

    This looks delicious. I want to make it soon but had one question. Are the artichokes plain or marinated? I can’t tell from the picture of the jar. Thanks, Kit

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Kit! The artichokes weren’t marinated, but if that’s what you want to use, go right ahead. It will probably turn out even better. 🙂

  12. Kristy

    Was looking for something to take to my family reunion this coming weekend and found this! Made it tonight as a test run and YUMMMM! I made VERY few changes (added some fresh basil to the spinach and artichoke), used whole yogurt (was on SALE!), and I had bought some new hard cheese (a smoky, semi-sharp) that grated nicely on top. Wow. just wow. I do wish I’d thought to add some mushrooms—will definitely add those to my next batch!

  13. Katie

    I made this, but I only used 2.5 tbsp of olive oil for the sauce, and instead of oil for the veggies, I used a little water to saute. I also added around 8oz of sliced mushrroms. Absolutely delicious!! Thank you for this recipe!!

  14. Stacey

    I made this tonight, it was delicious! I added mushrooms and shredded chicken. It tastes so rich and decadent but I had no guilt while eating it! Thank you for this recipe!

  15. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    You’d just have to crack up the AC so you could eat casseroles! Ha ha. Love this dish! Happy 2015, friend! XO

  16. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    This is such a delicious and comforting pasta dish.. it is perfect for myself and my vegetarian family as we love our artichokes!

  17. Julie | This Gal Cooks

    I live in South Florida where it’s warm or hot almost all year long and I can confirm – we eat cheesey, gooey, heartwarming casseroles here, too! Totally digging this casserole, Kate. OMG, dat alfredo sauce. YES!

  18. amanda @ fake ginger

    I love this so much. And yeah, driving with a coat on is the worst thing ever. And I never remember to take it off before I start driving so then I’m struggling to get it off and stay in my lane at the same time. Ugh, winter.

  19. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

    Yum this casserole is calling my name! I love casseroles and I totally don’t mind using 3-4 pans in the process. Pinned! 🙂

  20. Jordan

    I really love this! Alfredo anything is kind of a guilty pleasure, and when you add spinach and artichoke hearts, plus lighten up the sauce? Definitely trying this one.

  21. Jamie

    I love this dish! I love spinach and this is a fantastic way to serve it… and who doesn’t love artichokes? Such a wonderful, decadent dish!

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