Sarah's Feta Rice Pilaf


Rice pilaf merges with orzo pasta and flavors of onion and garlic to create this versatile side dish. Bulgarian feta gives the dish a decadent creaminess, while spinach adds beautiful color.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • ½ cup orzo pasta

  • ½ cup diced onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • ½ cup white rice

  • 1 cup chopped spinach

  • ½ cup chopped Bulgarian feta cheese


  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-low heat; cook and stir orzo in melted butter until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Add broth and rice to orzo-onion mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover the skillet, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

  3. 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.


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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

295 Calories
11g Fat
41g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 295
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 740mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 120mg 9%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 153mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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