Orzo Pasta, Spicy Tomato Sauce & Feta from the Ducksoup Cook

"*Courtesy of Clare Lattin and Tom Hill, authors of Ducksoup* "The Italians use orzo in soups and stews, as it’s a good way to bulk out a dish without filling yourself up too much. Feta gives this dish an added saltiness, but not in the same way that Parmesan would— it’s more gentle. This dish reminds of how good a well-made feta can be. We love this dish as a summer weeknight supper." - From the Ducksoup cookbook by Clare Lattin and Tom Hill"
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  • First skin the tomatoes. Bring a large pan of water to a boil. Using a sharp knife, score a little cross at the base of the tomatoes and cut out the “eye” of the tomato at the other end. Have a large bowl of ice water ready, and once your water is boiling submerge the tomatoes for 15 seconds, then immediately plunge them into the ice water. You’ll be able to peel off their skins immediately. Set to one side.
  • In a large frying pan, temper the cumin and nigella seeds in the olive oil over low heat for 1 minute, then add the onion and cook until soft. Add the garlic, chile flakes, bay leaf, and paprika and cook for 2 minutes. Coarsely chop the tomatoes, add to the onions, and simmer for 10 minutes. You’re looking for a soupy consistency, so if you need to add a little water, then do so. Season with salt and pepper. While your sauce is cooking, bring a large pan of salted water to a boil and cook your orzo pasta for 10 minutes, or according to the package instructions. Drain and add to the tomato sauce.
  • Let everything cook together for a couple of minutes. To serve, divide between two bowls, crumble the feta over, and sprinkle with the fresh oregano and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Recipe courtesy of Ducksoup by Clare Lattin and Tom Hill, buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Ducksoup-Wisdom-Cooking-Clare-Lattin/dp/1452161798.

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