Mediterranean Pork and Orzo Recipe
- 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
- 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.
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.
Reviews for Mediterranean Pork and Orzo
"I followed recipe as written. I dislike that other reviewers give good reviews after changing the original recipe, this is very misleading. My husband and I thought very bland and this will not be a repeat."
"Wonderful!! Based on some reviewers' suggestions to add to the seasonings, I went ahead and automatically added minced garlic and lemon-pepper and an additional bag of fresh spinach without trying this recipe as originally written. Also just added the baby spinach to the skillet the pork was cooking in and cooked orzo separately. Husband and oldest son raved about it as well! Easy to prepare--no new cooking techniques to learn and ingredients you're already familiar with. Husband said next time add more feta cheese and artisan bread to soak up that fabulous broth!"
"Delicious...with a few changes. I didn't cook the spinach with the orzo.. I hate mushy spinach. I cooked the orzo for 8 minutes. Stir fried the pork for just a few minutes. Rough chopped the spinach. Mixed the pork, tomatoes, spinach and cooked just until heated through and the spinach was wilted. Added the orzo at the last minute. Added a sprinkle of garlic powder and onion powder. This recipe lends itself to different meats. chicken probably would be good. A great one dish meal."
"Delicious with some extra seasoning. Added some garlic powder, extra salt, Cavenders Greek seasoning and squeezed half a lemon over it. Yum!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Pretty good, but needed something to take it up a notch. Was lacking a little flavor, but couldn't figure what to add."
"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??"
"Very good. Easy to make on a busy week night"
"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."
"really nice recipe!"
"Great fresh recipe. will make this again"
"LIght, satisfying and tasty."
"so-just reading the recipe said bland to me. might work as written if the pork was grilled. me? i used greek seasoning instead of salt and lemon pepper . it was good. next time i'll try different seasonings and maybe a different cheese."
"I thought it was ok; hubby thought it was bland. Could use more flavor. Maybe marinate the meat, use chicken or beef instead of pork....which can be dry and tasteless."
"Easy to make and very tasty!!"
"I left out the spinach, simply because I don't care for it, and I think next time I will try a different cheese, I don't think the feta was the correct flavor to choose. I will definitely be making this again though!"
"I'll definitely make this again ... it was dee-lish! Thanks to "aza" and "Chris" for the tips to cook the spinach with the pork instead of with the orzo, and 7 minutes on the orzo was perfect. Next time, I may add a few sliced Kalamata olives. If so, I'll post another comment."
"Try sauteeing the baby spinach with the pork and add a little garlic. Gives it much more flavor than just boiling the spinach."
"I marinated the pork tenderloin overnight in Greek vinaigrette. Be careful not to overcook the orzo...7 min. is better."
"This was awesome and so simple! I served this with a simple sauteed zucchini side and some pita chips and hummus. YUM!"
Light-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.