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5 cups water
2 cups uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
5 cups coarsely chopped spinach
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
How to Make It
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add orzo. Cook 10 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain.
Combine pasta, spinach, and feta in a large bowl. Combine oil and remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle lemon mixture over pasta mixture; toss well to coat.
I have made this delicious sidedish ever since it was introduced. It is incredibly simple to assemble, and the fresh spinach/lemon/feta flavor combination goes beautifully with fish, chicken or roast beef. It's a regular in my rotation.
Excellent recipe, and very quick and easy to make! Even my 3 and 5 year-olds were happy to eat their spinach. I wasn't sure whether it should be served hot or cold, we had it hot with dinner & ate the leftovers cold for lunch. It was great both ways.
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