Mediterranean Pork and Orzo Recipe
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Mediterranean Pork and Orzo Recipe

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On a really busy day, this meal-in-a-bowl is one of my top picks. It's quick to put together, leaving a lot more time to relax at the table. —Mary Relyea, Canastota, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1-1/4 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 372 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 306mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Rub pork with pepper; cut into 1-in. cubes. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add pork; cook and stir 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, bring water to a boil. Stir in orzo and salt; cook, uncovered, 8 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook 45-60 seconds longer or until orzo is tender and spinach is wilted. Drain.
  3. Add tomatoes to pork; heat through. Stir in orzo mixture and cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mediterranean Pork and Orzo in Light & Tasty June/July 2006, p43

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 260434
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2017

"Good, but definitely needs more flavor. I added Italian seasoning and more salt. I also used boneless pork loin chops rather than tenderloin because it's what I had on hand. Nice low calorie meal."

Evell User ID: 9002884 260060
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2017

"Tried this recipe for the first time using left over pork tenderloin roasted to medium-Medium rare. Finished it off in a pan with olive oil and sliced fresh mushrooms. Everyone loved it. I would add an additional 1/2 bag of baby spinach but otherwise, it was great. I will definately make this again."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 257964
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2016

"I loved the lightness of this recipe. I think the pork needed a touch more seasoning, which I may tweak next time. Came together quickly. With a side of bread, this satisfied everyone."

Dibilaweed User ID: 1491842 255637
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2016

"I really liked this and it is a quick and healthy dish. It does need a little more flavor. I will search other Mediterranean recipes for just the right seasoning. Just started Weight Watchers and this recipe is 9 Smart Points. Add some fresh fruit for a delicious and satisfying WW meal."

Alana.Doss User ID: 8314694 254837
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2016

"Pretty good, but needed something to take it up a notch. Was lacking a little flavor, but couldn't figure what to add."

gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 251689
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2016

"Portioned down the recipe and added this to my list of top side dishes to bring to a potluck! Super easy to make, and who doesn't love pork and orzo??"

Jami4 User ID: 5573747 243625
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"Very good. Easy to make on a busy week night"

KimandTommy User ID: 7946929 240774
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"We thought this was great, and the feta cheese made it a 10! Instead of mixing it in, I sprinkled it on each individual dinner. It's taste seemed to stand out more that way. I also put in twice the amount of tomatoes and THREE times the amount of spinach-it's nice and healthy and the color makes it look pretty. Thanks for the recipe, i will definitely make it again."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 238232
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2015

"really nice recipe!"

ashley12.keefe User ID: 8305907 223458
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"Great fresh recipe. will make this again"

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