Spiced Orzo with Spinach

Orzo is a tiny soup pasta which looks similar to rice. It makes an ideal side dish for Mediterranean-style dishes.

Recipe courtesy of "The Illustrated Kitchen Bible: 1,000 Family Recipes from Around the World" by Victoria Blashford-Snell, copyright 2008. Used by permission of Dorling Kindersley Limited. All rights reserved.

Spiced Orzo with Spinach

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    Ingredients

    8 oz (220 g) orzo 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    1 1/2 tbsp olive oil pinch of cayenne (optional)
    1 onion, finely chopped 6 oz (175 g) baby spinach leaves, washed, but not dried
    2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 4 tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley
    1 tsp ground coriander salt and freshly ground black pepper

    directions

    Prep: 5 min Total: 30 min (Quick)
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    • 1

      Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook until tender, according to the package instructions.

    • 2

      Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, about 3 minutes, until softened. Stir in the garlic, coriander, cumin, and cayenne, if using, and cook for 1 minute more.

    • 3

      Stir the spinach (with the water clinging to its leaves from washing) into the saucepan. Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes, or just until wilted.

    • 4

      Drain the orzo well, shaking off any excess water. Add the orzo to the spinach mixture and mix well. Stir in the cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve hot or cooled.

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