Saturday, October 5, 2013

Custardy Baked Orzo with Spinach, Bacon and Feta

Prep / Total time : 1 hours  30 minutes         Serves 6

Few Americans eat pasta for breakfast, but this Greek-inspired recipe with orzo, leeks and bacon aims to make a few converts.
1                      cup orzo
12                    ounces thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1-1/2                pounds leeks, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced
10                    ounces baby spinach
8                      ounces feta cheese, crumbled
                           **Freshly ground pepper**
4                      large eggs
1/2                   cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2                   cup milk

1.       Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the orzo until al dente. Drain and transfer to a medium bowl.
2.       In a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat until browned, 8 minutes. Add the leeks and cook until tender, 8 minutes. Add the leek mixture to the orzo, leaving 1 tablespoon of fat in the skillet. Add the spinach to the skillet and cook until wilted; transfer to a colander and press out the excess liquid. Add the spinach to the orzo, fold in the feta and season with salt and pepper.
3 .         In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the yogurt and milk, season with pepper and stir into the orzo. Scrape the mixture into an oiled 12-by-8-inch baking dish and bake for about 45 minutes, until the eggs are set and the top is browned. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Suggested Pairing :Vibrant, fresh whites from the Greek Peloponnese region are fantastic with tangy feta cheese.


  1. Your Custardy Baked Orzo with Spinach, Bacon and Feta sounds wonderful and looking great too. :)

    1. Hi Amy , it's another favorite at my house , sometime I serve it for dinner , thanks for stopping by :).

  2. This sounds great! I would have to do something about that bacon for the two vegetarians in the family - when they are here, though.

    1. Hi Nellie , I think it would taste just as good with a couple of extra eggs and cheese . I have some wonderful vegetarians recipes for the twwo in your family , keep a lookout . Thanks for stopping by :).

  3. Dear Nee,
    Orzo is one of my favorite pastas. Yummy post for breakfast or anytime. I love the combo of all the ingredients. Thanks...
    Blessings, Dottie :)

  4. Hi Dottie ,
    Like you , I love pasta , just gearing up fot the Pasta Party hope to see you there . Thans for stopping by :).


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