Each week, our house church meets together on Wednesdays for a pitch-in meal and conversation. Of the many good things that come out of these nights, one of the small perks is getting to try our friends’ favorite dishes. These meals are really low maintenance. If it was a crazy week and you can’t bring anything, no problem. If it was a slow week and you want to try out a fun new salad or make a homemade pie, awesome. There has always been enough food, and we always leave the table a little more refreshed and bolstered by these friendships that grow deeper one dinner at a time.
I’ll be sharing some of my go-to, tried and true favorite recipes occasionally, and this one came from one of our house church pitch-ins. We make it a often, since it is easy to pick up all the ingredients on a Trader Joe’s run. Plus, it is great for a crowd or for a few days of leftovers.
Orzo Pasta Salad
adapted from allrecipes.com
1 (16oz.) package of orzo pasta
1 bag of baby spinach leaves
1 container of crumbled feta cheese
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/4 c. kalamata olives, chopped
3/4 c. pine nuts, toasted
1/2 c. basil leaves, chopped
1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
1/2 c. olive oil
salt + pepper
Cook the orzo pasta to al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Refrigerate and serve cold.