Orzo with Zucchini and Feta Recipe

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“This pasta dish is simple to prepare and never fails to please,” reports Andrea Jones of McKinney, Texas. “I double and sometimes triple the recipe when hosting a get-together. You can serve it hot as a side dish or cold as a salad.”
Recommended: 38 Greek-Style Dinners
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 216 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat.


  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine zucchini and water. Cover and cook on high for 1 minute or until crisp-tender; drain.
  2. Drain orzo; place in a large bowl. Add the zucchini, feta cheese, oil, oregano, salt and pepper; toss to coat. Serve warm or chilled. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Orzo with Zucchini and Feta in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p43

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 249733
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2016

"This was just ok for us. I was going to use goat cheese in place of feta, but it just didn't taste right with the pasta. I think if the feta in it, it would have definitely been better. I wound up adding some garlic salt to give it a tad more flavor (especially since I had no feta). I also sauteed the zucchini like a previous reviewer in some oil that had herbs in it already. I think that helped. I'll try this recipe again, and make sure to add the feta. When I do, I'll update my review."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 226163
Reviewed May. 10, 2015

"Very quick and easy side dish and a little different than the usual. I served it hot as a side for a salmon dinner."

heartlandmom User ID: 4373495 80929
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"The recipe was OK, certainly not bad, just kind of blah. I tried sauteing the zucchini in olive oil rather than steaming in microwave to add a little flavor. It took no additional time as I was able to do so while water boiled and pasta cooked."

Tanya1968 User ID: 4504669 134368
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"This was a simple and delicious dish. Prepping the zucchini in the microwave was a real time-saver. Next time I might lessen the amount of oregano (it was a little overpowering for my taste) but overall this was delicious and I'll definitely be making it again... soon!"

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