Friday, May 10, 2013

A Summer Favorite - Orzo w/ Tomatoes and Feta

Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing one of my FAVORITE summer recipes. This recipe is my "go to" for cookouts, lake weekends, beach weekends, etc. When the weather warms up, I start craving this orzo recipe. It is great for serving a crowd. However, I like to make it for just the two of us, and keep it on hand to eat for lunch for the week. 

Orzo with Tomatoes & Feta
6 cups chicken broth
1 lb. orzo
2 cups red grape tomatoes, halved
1 package (7 oz.) feta
1 cup chopped basil
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted*
*the pine nuts toast quickly, just takes about 3-4 minutes

Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup oil
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. honey

Whisk together vinaigrette and set aside. Bring chicken broth to a boil, stir in orzo. Reduce heat to medium, partially cover, and boil until tender (10-12 minutes). Drain. Transfer to large wide bowl, tossing until cool. Mix tomatoes, feta, and basil into orzo. Once cool, add in vinaigrette and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Add pine nuts and toss once more. Serve at room temperature.


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