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Orzo and Spinach Pasta

Orzo and Spinach Pasta

    • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked orzo
    • 1 (10 ounce) package baby spinach leaves, finely
    • 1/2 pound crumbled feta cheese (Athena)
    • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
    • 1 cup pine nuts
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon around white pepper
    • 1/2 cup olive oil (I used grape oil)
    • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (optional)
    • 1/2 cup olives (optional, recommend Kalamata olives)


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook for 7 to 8 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside to cool. In another bowl stir together spinach, feta, onion, pine nuts, basil and white pepper (also tomatoes and olives if you are adding them to your dish). Toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Pour ingredients over cooled pasta. Refrigerate and serve cold. (*It can also be served warm or at room temperature.)

For my meat lovers out there, like my husband, I served the pasta with some garlic cubed chicken. This dish is great for the summer time heat.

What’s for Dinner?

What's for Dinner?Growing up on a farm,  I had my share of fried food. I know it’s not healthy for you, but it sure does taste yummy (it’s all about moderation). In honor of my southern roots, here’s “What’s for Supper“, fried fish, corn on the cob, coleslaw, fried okra and cheese grits…and it’s Mmmm…Good!

What’s for Dinner?

Ingredients:Baked Ziti
1 lb dry ziti pasta (Penne pasta also works well)
1 onion, chopped
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 lb Italian sausage (I use Publix Greenwise Italian Sausage)
2 (26 oz) jars spaghetti sauce (this night I used Mezzetta Napa Valley Bistro pasta sauce)
6 slices provolone cheese (Sargento is my favorite)
1 1/2 cups sour cream
3 tbsp fresh basil (5 or 6 leaves chopped up)
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded (Sargento brand)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 6 to 7 minutes; drain.

2. In a large bowl mix together beef and sausage. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

3. In a large skillet, brown onion and meat, over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.

4. Mix the sour cream, Parmesan cheese, and basil together in a small bowl.

5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish (optional on the butter). Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream mixture, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, remaining sauce mixture, then sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top.

6. Cover and bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

*Top with fresh basil before serving it to your family, friends, or guest.