Mediterranean Pork and Orzo Recipe

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Mediterranean Pork and Orzo Recipe
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Mediterranean Pork and Orzo Recipe

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4.5 27 30
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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
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.
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.
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

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.

  • 1-1/2 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.
Originally published as Mediterranean Pork and Orzo in Light & Tasty June/July 2006, p43

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Joe User ID: 9156317 277395
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2017

"I don't understand recipes that need other people to tell you how to season the dish. You don't have to make the dish to see that the feta cheese would not be enough to add flavor."

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TRISTEN User ID: 9277655 276418
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2017

"Loved it!"

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my4sweetys User ID: 3051527 265825
Reviewed May. 10, 2017

"made this last night. It was very light and filling. recipe could use a boost in flavor (like some lemon and garlic) for those liking this more zest but also tasty as is for a light summer meal."

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sngevans User ID: 6744422 265139
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2017

"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."

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[email protected] User ID: 6993142 264576
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2017

"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!"

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sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 263230
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2017

"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."

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Rachel User ID: 9095257 261929
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2017

"Delicious with some extra seasoning. Added some garlic powder, extra salt, Cavenders Greek seasoning and squeezed half a lemon over it. Yum!"

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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."

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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."

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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."

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