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Orzo Pasta Salad

My sister made this for Lijah's birthday party last summer and it was a hit! Monica can attest to that, right Monica? I learned the hard way that this does not freeze well, so I guess you'll have to eat it all right away. I usually don't have a problem with that.

Kosher salt
Good olive oil
3/4 pound orzo pasta (rice-shaped pasta)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed
lemon juice (3 lemons)
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup minced scallions, white and green parts
1 cup chopped fresh dill
1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and medium-diced
1/2 cup small-diced red onion
3/4 pound good feta
cheese, large diced

Fill a large pot with water, add 1 tablespoon of
salt and a splash of oil, and bring the water to a boil. Add the orzo and simmer for 9 to 11 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's cooked al dente. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Whisk together the lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Pour over the hot pasta and stir well.

Add the scallions, dill, parsley, cucumber, onion, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Toss well. Add the feta and stir carefully. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend, or refrigerate overnight. If refrigerated, taste again for seasonings and bring back to room temperature before serving.

1 comment:

Cassi said...

This sounds good! I'll have to try it out! I wish we could have been at Lijah's party to taste it! I guss you'll just have to do it again this summer! :)