My Favorite Summer Orzo Pesto Salad Recipe

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Pesto Orzo Salad is a family favorite of ours, and actually the first recipe that I had ever created.  I created this recipe over summer break when I was in high school. The behind the scenes story was that I was on the phone with my Mom and we were discussing what we should have for dinner, while doing so we went through a quick list of what we already had in our pantry..  Needless to say this salad is wonderful, I have been making it ever since as it instantly became a family favorite! I even made it during my semester in Italy!

I am constantly asked for the recipe, so I have decided to share with you dear readers exactly how I make my Pesto Orzo Salad.

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orzo_Page_2Let’s start with the ingredients!

1 16 oz Package of Orzo Pasta

1 Can of Stewed Tomatoes

1 Bunch of Green Onions

½ Package of Grape Tomatoes

1 Can Large Pitted Olives

1 Packet of Pesto Seasoning

1 Package of Feta Cheese Crumbles

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The first thing that I do is put some water on the stove to boil for the pasta. I like to salt my water, once the water is at a boil pour in the pasta until al dente. I also tend to add a touch of Olive Oil to the pasta as it’s cooking for a bit of extra flavor.

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While the pasta is cooking I start the prep work for the rest of the dish, open the jar of stewed tomatoes and empty it into a pot, along with the packet of Pesto seasoning. You want to bring this mixture to a boil and then take it off of the heat. Do not follow the instructions on the seasoning packet.

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Chop the Olives (if they make it that long!  I usually open up 2 jars, 1 for us to eat and the other for the dish itself), continue to chop the Green Onions and tomatoes into bite size pieces. Once the pasta has been cooked, rinsed and drained, add all of the ingredients together! Make sure to add the cheese last; if the noodles or sauce are still hot it will cause it to start melting.

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I personally prefer this pasta cold, but it’s not bad warm either! I like to serve mine with either grilled chicken or shrimp to add a bit of protein!

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Please let me know when you make this favorite dish of mine, I would love to know what you think of this recipe! Enjoy!

Katie K

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