Greek Orzo

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2010
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Looking for another simple, delicious way to use up your fresh garden produce? Me too!

Last week, I made an excellent vegetable stir-fry. This week, I tried Greek Orzo; it was a big hit. I served it with grilled chicken and cheesy garlic bread (so I didn’t even have to turn the oven on!)

Ingredients

  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. lemon juice
  • 1/2 c. olives, chopped
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t. finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 8 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 lb. dried orzo pasta
  • 1 c. chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix the first 9 ingredients — let stand at room temperature for about 45 minutes.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil (do this about 10 minutes before you’re ready to eat)
  3. Add orzo and cook for 8 to 10 minutes; drain and toss with the vegetable mixture.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped parsley to serve.

Orzo is a nice alternative to pasta and can be served as a side dish or main course. It’s a favorite over at our house and it heats up great for leftovers (yup, I speak from experience!)

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6 comments

  1. Jenny C.

    09/09/2015

    Hi Andrea. Do you think this would be good as a cold salad – like at a cookout/potluck? I’m looking for a cold pasta/ macaraoni salad & this caught my eye. Thanks.

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    Andrea Reply:

    hmmm… I’m not sure. I wonder if it would get a little too “sticky” when it’s cold? I don’t know. Maybe try a really small batch first?

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  2. Lynn

    01/23/2012

    I will definitely try this tomorrow night dice I already have my spaghetti sauce in the crock pot 🙂 Just to clarify, though. You said orzo is a good alternative to pasta. But orzo is pasta. So look for it in the pasta aisle.

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  3. Tammy aka @Tammy_Skipper

    04/13/2011

    Looking forward to adding this to the menu plan!

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  4. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

    08/16/2010

    I have never used orzo! This looks so pretty and delicious! I usually make stir fry when I have a ton of veggies or I just cut them small and stick them into just about anything. The rest of the family doesn’t usually notice!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Debbi, I never tried it until 2 years ago either. And now we’re hooked!

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