Spinach Feta Orzo

"Orzo at first glance looks a lot like rice, but it's actually very small grains of pasta. It cooks quickly, so this recipe comes together fast; a good side dish when making a 30 minute meal."
photo by Julia Lynn photo by Julia Lynn
photo by Julia Lynn
photo by Julia Lynn photo by Julia Lynn
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  • Cook the orzo according to package directions.
  • Drain.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add the onion and saute‚ for 5 minutes or until softened, but not browned.
  • Add the spinach and saute for 3 more minutes.
  • Toss the onion and spinach mixture with the hot orzo.
  • Add the feta cheese, chopped dill and ground pepper and toss well.
  • Serve immediately.

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  1. my kids just wolfed this down! we used fresh spinach and my kids begged me to add some mushrooms and garlic, the combo was just wonderful and although we had this as a side dish we all agreed we could easily make a meal out of it. i did double the recipe for the 6 of us.
  2. This was delicious. I love anything with feta!!! I used fresh spinach because that is what I had and I probably should have used more, I always underestimate how much it shrinks. I also did not have any green onions so I very thinly sliced a small yellow onion I had on hand and sauteed until golden brown. I'm excited to try it as written but it was still delicious.
  3. This was SO good! The combo of spinach, feta and dill, mixed with the orzo made a nice, refreshing taste to this side dish. I substituted a bunch of fresh, farmer's market spinach for the frozen called for and I added a healthy pinch of salt to the water while cooking the orzo, otherwise did the recipe as written. This satisfied the pasta/spinach and feta lovers in my family. Thanks Geema!
  4. I added a star from my last review. I made this again using 1/2 the spinach and more onion. It was really delicious.
  5. Loved this new way to serve orzo! Made the recipe just as is except with fresh spinach. The flavors are wonderful and the dill was a very nice complement when served along with baked salmon. Thanks for sharing!


  1. I had never cooked orzo before and this turned out really well. I substituted dried dill for fresh and added two garlic cloves and half a small can of mushrooms. And I steamed about half a bag of fresh spinach instead of using frozen spinach. This all worked out well. I'm giving this recipe four stars, however, because I did end up needing to add more than just a dash of salt. I also added a little margarine to try to fill out the flavors a bit. But overall this was a great-tasting, light side dish that I will make again and continue to experiment with. Even my husband who's afraid of spinach ate every bite without complaint!


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