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Spinach Orzo with Pine Nuts and Feta Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Mary Brooks

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 pound fresh spinach, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup crumbled organic feta cheese
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
Freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of cinnamon
1 cup orzo (pasta that looks and acts like rice)
1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts, pine nuts, or pistachios plus for garnish

Directions:
Directions:
In a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and saute until golden. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds, just until aromatic. Add the spinach and a pinch of salt and cook until wilted and tender. Add the cheese, lemon juice and zest, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly.

Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a covered pan over high heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon. salt and the orzo. Cook 8 to 10 minutes until al dente. Drain the orzo and transfer to a large bowl. Add the spinach mixture and nuts and combine.

Taste, adding a pinch of salt or another shave of nutmeg if necessary. Serve in a bowl or on a plate topped with some additional nuts.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
Serves 4
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This recipe is great when served warm or at room temperature. It also works well as a main course.

 

 

 

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