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Orzo with Zucchini and Feta Recipe

“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.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

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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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