Thursday, September 15, 2011

Orzo with cherry tomato salsa, chard and feta

Orzo with _____ and feta is a great quick casserole. Fancy enough for guests, but cheap, quick and easy.

I've riffed on that template for years. Orzo with tomatoes, shrimp and feta is very good; so is orzo with tomatoes, green beans and feta; or orzo with sausage, chard and feta; and so on. (Orzo, in case you don't know, is a rice-shaped pasta.)

I had some leftover cherry tomato salsa I wanted to use up, and most of a head of chard. And lo! A box of orzo in the cupboard. Done and done.

1 box orzo, cooked
4 cups salsa (or two cans of tomatoes, plus chopped and sauteed onion and garlic)
Something green: chard, beet greens, green beans, peas, your choice
Shrimp and/or sausage are optional but yummy
Feta cheese (at least two big handfuls)

To the cooked orzo, add whatever it is you want to add. Like I said, in this case, leftover salsa, a chopped head of chard, and lots of crumbled feta cheese. If you're using canned tomatoes, cook them with a little sauteed onion and garlic first, and add some seasonings: maybe basil and oregano. Stir that all up and pour into an 8 x 13 casserole dish. Top with a little more feta, and bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes. Serve hot.

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