Orzo with spinach & cherry tomatoes

Orzo with spinach & cherry tomatoes

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A tiny rice-shaped variety of pasta makes this dish almost like risotto. It's quick, healthy, filling and suitable for vegetarians

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
471
protein
16g
carbs
81g
fat
9g
saturates
1g
fibre
9g
sugar
10g
salt
0.6g

Ingredients

  • 400g orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 celery heart, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 x 400g cans cherry tomato
  • 250g baby spinach
  • 10 black olives, halved
  • small handful dill, chopped
  • small handful mint, chopped

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Method

  1. Cook the orzo following pack instructions. Drain, rinse under cold water, drain again and toss with half the olive oil.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large sauté pan. Add the celery, onion and some seasoning, and cook for 8 mins until soft. Add the garlic, cook for 1 min, then tip in the cherry tomatoes and simmer for 10 mins. Add the spinach, cover with a lid to wilt the leaves, then add the orzo, olives, dill and mint. Season and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2013

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judithdyson's picture

Had this for supper this evening, went down a treat. In addition to the chilli flakes Antonia included as per her comment below, I added capers for a salty kick, as well as serving it with grated parmesan. Would really recommend!

antoniawalls's picture

Halved the recipe for my husband and I. We enjoyed it but felt the sauce and pasta felt like two very separate components if that makes sense! Other orzo recipes tend to cook the pasta in the sauce and it goes sticky a bit like risotto rice and takes on the flavours of the dish. Will do this next time. I don't like mint so used basil instead which was lovely. Also added a small pinch of chilli flakes to give it a gentle heat.

mastercheat's picture

This was delicious and all the family enjoyed it. I used fresh cherry tomatoes and probably less than the advised amount. The mint and dill at the end really finished the dish off perfectly. I would make this for a dinner party.

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