Orzo with Tomato, Green Beans and Feta Cheese

"Another nice summer pasta dish, full of lovely colors. Feel free to use any small pasta or pastene you might have on hand. Can be served hot, or at room temperature like a pasta salad."
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  • Fill a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil for beans and orzo.
  • Chop onion and mince garlic.
  • Core and seed tomatoes.
  • Cut into quarters lengthwise, and then into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • In a large skillet cook onion and garlic in oil over medium high heat until onion is softened.
  • Add tomatoes and cook, stirring, until tomatoes are softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Have a bowl of ice and cold water ready.
  • Drop beans into the boiling, salted water and blanch 1 minute.
  • With a large slotted spoon or mesh colander, transfer beans to ice water to stop cooking.
  • Drain beans well and pat dry.
  • Add beans to tomato mixture and return the water in pot to a boil.
  • Boil orzo until al dente and drain.
  • Add orzo to the vegetable mixture and combine with vinegar, parsley, feta, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss to combine well.

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  1. Delicious dish, Kozmic Blues! I really enjoyed the contrast of the sweet & crisp green beans with the salty sharpness of the feta, and the silky texture of the orzo pasta. I look forward to trying it in the winter with oven-dried cherry tomatoes and will let you know how it turns out. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!
  2. Very good. The adults really liked it. The kids didn't eat so much of it. They preferred the wheat rolls #137478. The only thing that was a problem with the recipe is that I didn't understand that the beans were supposed to cook with the tomatoes the whole time the orzo was cooking, so it took a few extra minutes at that point. Otherwise, it was a very beautiful looking dish. (It makes a lot!)
  3. My DH (a once-a-year reluctant cook) made this for me when I was working one Saturday! What a lovely surprise...it was light and flavorful! Will definitely make or have it made for me again! :)


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