About this recipe:Orzo pasta is a small rice-shaped pasta that is extremely versatile. Use it in salads, side dishes or mains. This delicious orzo recipe features Mediterranean flavours with wilted spinach, feta, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar.
450g orzo pasta
120ml olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chillies
135g pine nuts
280g baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
225g crumbled feta cheese
1 plum tomato, chopped
salt to taste
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:15min › Ready in:30min
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add orzo pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. (Firm or slightly undercooked orzo works best for this dish.) Drain, transfer to a mixing bowl, and set aside.
Heat olive oil and butter in a large frying pan over medium high heat, stirring to blend. Stir in garlic, basil and red chillies, and reduce heat to medium. Stir in pine nuts and cook until lightly browned. Add spinach, cover and cook on low heat for 5 minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
Toss spinach mixture with orzo pasta. Portion onto serving plates with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of crumbled feta cheese and chopped tomatoes. Allow guests to adjust seasoning with salt, as needed. Enjoy!
Orzo is available in many supermarkets. Merchant Gourmet is a popular brand.