Orzo, Feta and Cherry Tomatoes

Orzo, Feta and Cherry Tomatoes

I loved this dish!  I’m keeping it on my repeat menu. 🙂  I found this one in Bon Appetit’s archive at epicurious.  To really appreciate this dish you need to love Olive Oil and Vinegar of any kind because it is the main flavors that pull this dish together.  Orzo is a type of pasta derived from Wheat but  it resembles rice not just in appearance but in texture as well with a slight taste of pasta.   I was afraid my husband might find this dish very bland as he is so use to eating everything with spices but he liked it and I think he liked it because it’s healthy.  If you can buy the fresh Greek Feta that is sitting in water it makes all the difference. Enjoy!

  • 1/2 pound orzo (rice-shaped pasta; about 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh flat-leafed parsley leaves
  • 6 ounces cherry tomatoes (about 1/2 pint)
  • 1/4 pound feta
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar


Preparation

Fill a 4-quart pasta pot three fourths full with salted water and bring to a boil for orzo.

In a small heavy skillet heat 1/2 tablespoon oil over moderate heat until hot but not smoking and sauté pine nuts with salt to taste, stirring frequently, until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer nuts to paper towels to drain and cool.

Mince garlic and chop parsley. Quarter tomatoes and coarsely crumble feta. In a large bowl whisk together garlic, parsley, vinegar, remaining tablespoon oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Add tomatoes and feta and gently toss to combine.

Cook orzo in boiling water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. In a large sieve drain orzo and rinse slightly until just warm. Drain orzo well and add to tomato mixture, tossing until just combined.

Serve orzo topped with nuts.

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