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Mediterranean Pork and Orzo Recipe

Mediterranean Pork and Orzo Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

Reviews for Mediterranean Pork and Orzo

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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"

laurardear User ID: 6046201 140695
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"LIght, satisfying and tasty."

Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 61665
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"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."

TivertonGirl User ID: 2923608 68897
Reviewed May. 23, 2014

"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."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 53222
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2014


Gramma3boys User ID: 2229267 57808
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"Easy to make and very tasty!!"

mlblake User ID: 4362429 134169
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2010

"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!"

bawhiting User ID: 4619231 140691
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"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."

aza572 User ID: 163295 53220
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010

"Try sauteeing the baby spinach with the pork and add a little garlic. Gives it much more flavor than just boiling the spinach."

Chris Recipes User ID: 2594387 147178
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2009

"I marinated the pork tenderloin overnight in Greek vinaigrette. Be careful not to overcook the orzo...7 min. is better."

syellico User ID: 2780498 61657
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2008

"This was awesome and so simple! I served this with a simple sauteed zucchini side and some pita chips and hummus. YUM!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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