Orzo with spinach & cherry tomatoes

Orzo with spinach & cherry tomatoes

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


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

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal471
  • fat9g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs81g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre9g
  • protein16g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 400g orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 celery heart, chopped



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  • 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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  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.

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30th Mar, 2017
The picture doesn't resemble the recipe at all. I can see feta and basil ??
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23rd Sep, 2015
Omitted the celery and added a load more olives. Really simple to make, quick, and tasty!
30th May, 2015
Lovely recipe, I cooked the orzo in the sauce but it did take a lot longer and you'll need to add some water which it will soak up. At the end when I added the olives, I also added some chopped parsley and small cubes of feta which really made the dish. Will make it again! (Ps 100g of orzo per person is a very generous portion)
9th Nov, 2014
I enjoyed this recipe .... with a few tweaks! I cooked the orzo in the sauce (adding some stock to ensure it didn't dry out). Added some sliced cherry tomatoes with the spinach at the end, also added some chilli for extra flavour.
21st Oct, 2013
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!
16th Jul, 2013
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.
15th Jul, 2013
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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21st Oct, 2013
Had this for supper this evening - went down a treat. I added capers for an extra salty kick which really added to the flavour of the dish. I also served with grated parmesan cheese to give it more of a risotto-y texture. Would highly recommend.
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