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Recipe – Toasted Orzo with Spinach and Pine Nuts

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  • Author: Mavis Butterfield



1 16 oz package orzo, cooked
4 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic, mined
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper


Cook the Orzo according to the directions on the package {I tossed mine in boiling water for 8 minutes and then drained}.

Once the orzo has cooled {about 15 minutes}, place 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan.  Toss in orzo in the saute pan and toast over medium heat {about 8 minutes} making sure to stir frequently. Add the lemon juice to the orzo about half way through cooking.

Once toasted, place the orzo on a cookie sheet.

Toss the spinach and garlic in the saute pan for 1 minute. Place on cookie sheet.

Dry toast the pine nuts in the saute pan {about 1 minute}. Place on cookie sheet.

Add salt and pepper to orzo, spinach and pine nuts.

Combine with a large spoon and add the toasted orzo with spinach and pine nuts to a large bowl and serve.