Spinach and Mushroom Orzo Pasta

Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up! 

4 mini red or orange sweet bell peppers
1/2 onion
8-10 mushrooms
1 Tb olive oil
salt and pepper
1/2 (1 pound) box Orzo pasta
3 cloves garlic
pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
3 C spinach, chopped
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp lemon juice (fresh is best)
1/2 C parmesan cheese, grated

1. Grab 4-5 mini bell pepper, half an onion and 8-10 mushrooms. 
2. Chop them into small pieces. 
3. Heat a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan. When the oil is hot, add the veggies and cook until soft. Should take about 5 minutes. 
4. While your veggies cook fill a medium-sized sauce pan with hot water. Bring it to a boil, add some salt and then pour in just half of a 1 pound box of Orzo pasta into the boiling water. Cook until it's soft, but still has a bit of firmness to it. Drain the pasta into a colander you have set in your sink. 
5. When your veggies are soft and cooked through chop 3 cloves of garlic and add it to the cooked veggies. Toss in a pinch of red pepper flakes and allow it all to cook for 2 more minutes. 
6. Grab a nice bunch of spinach and chop about 3 cups worth. 
7. Add the drained past and chopped spinach to the skillet. 
8. Add 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning and a bit of salt and pepper. Give it all a nice stir to combine and allow the spinach to wilt just a bit. 
9. Turn of the heat and add 1/2  teaspoon fresh lemon juice. (More if you would like).
10. Sprinkle 1/2 cup parmesan cheese over the pasta. Stir it in and allow it to melt just a bit. 
11. Taste it and add more salt and pepper to your liking. 

That's it! Serve and enjoy! 

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