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Sarah's Feta Rice Pilaf Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Sarah's Feta Rice Pilaf

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"Rice and orzo pasta merge with the flavors of onion and garlic to create this versatile side dish. Bulgarian feta gives the dish a decadent creaminess while spinach adds beautiful color. You can get Bulgarian feta cheese at most international grocery stores. Bulgarian feta is creamier than the Greek version which tends to be very dry."

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  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-low heat; cook and stir orzo in the melted butter until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir onion into orzo and cook until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Cook and stir garlic into orzo-onion mixture until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Mix rice and chicken broth into orzo-onion mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover skillet, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in spinach and feta. Cover and let stand until spinach is wilted and feta is melted, about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
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  • PREP 10 mins
  • COOK 30 mins
  • READY IN 40 mins

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Aug 14, 2013

Very tasty! The recipe was very easy to get together and had a nice balance of flavors. It was a great accompaniment to my grilled chicken. The only change I made was to use Greek feta because I could not find the Bulgarian feta the recipe stated.

Jun 04, 2013

I give this recipe 5 stars. It is easy and wonderfully tasty.


9 Ratings

Oct 20, 2013

Forget about the Bulgarian Feta cheese! Don't let it stop you from making this great recipe. Use regular Greek feta cheese,and add in a little more butter if you are concerned about creaminess. Feta cheese does not melt well as well all know, so crumble it finely instead of chopping it. I also sprinkled mine with roasted pine nuts per my preference, but it was not necessary. The simplicity and great taste of this recipe is what makes it so special. Please give it a try.

Jun 08, 2014

This was very tasty!

Apr 17, 2014

This recipe was awesome! What a nice way to merge feta, spinach, orzo, and white rice. And we all lived happily ever after ~

Apr 07, 2014

Also used plain old greek feta. Only had a little fresh spinach so chopped up some fresh basil (about 2/3 c spinach, 1/3 c basil) and that worked well.

Nov 07, 2013

I trids this because it had so few reviews but everyone loved it, and its awsome! Like some others, I just use greek feta that is easy to find in the store and it has great flavor. I did everything else by the recipie and decided to make a few changes: I thought it was too oniony, so I cut onion amt in half, also too wet from the onion so I used a paper towel to drain the onion a little but maybe cutting back on the broth would work too, also I prefer low sodium broth and then salt to taste at the table.

Jun 04, 2013

Great recipe! It's quick, easy and flavorful.


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  • Calories
  • 295 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 34 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 10.6 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 1.6 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 8.8 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 739 mg
  • 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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