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Skillet Orzo with Zucchini, Corn, Feta & Mint

 
One serving costs about $1.89

$1.89 per serving

1 people like this recipe

1 likes

This recipe is ready in 45 minutes

Ready in 45 minutes

4 side dish,lunch,main course,main dish,dinner
spoonacular Score:50%

Spoonacular Score: 50%

 

The recipe Skillet Orzo with Zucchini, Corn, Feta & Mint can be made in about roughly 45 minutes. This main course has 434 calories, 14g of protein, and 18g of fat per serving. This recipe serves 4 and costs $1.89 per serving. It is brought to you by Foodista. This recipe is liked by 1 foodies and cooks. If you have scallions, mint, ears of corn, and a few other ingredients on hand, you can make it. Overall, this recipe earns a good spoonacular score of 50%. If you like this recipe, you might also like recipes such as Warm Orzo Salad with Mint and Feta, Orzo with Cherry Tomatoes, Fetan and Mint, and Orzo & Grape Salad with Feta & Mint.

No one wine will suit every pasta dish. Pasta in a tomato-based sauce will usually work well with a medium-bodied red, such as a montepulciano or chianti. Pasta with seafood or pesto will fare better with a light-bodied white, such as a pinot grigio. Cheese-heavy pasta can pair well with red or white - you might try a sangiovese wine for hard cheeses and a chardonnay for soft cheeses. We may be able to make a better recommendation if you ask again with a specific pasta dish.

Ingredients

Servings:
0 Tbsps
0 Tbsps olive oil
olive oil
2 small
2 small zucchini
zucchini
2
2  fresh ears of corn
fresh ears of corn
8 oz
8 oz orzo pasta
orzo pasta
14 oz
14 oz canned chicken broth
canned chicken broth
0.25 tsps
0.25 tsps salt
salt
2
2  scallions
scallions
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp fresh mint
fresh mint
0.75 cups
0.75 cups feta cheese
feta cheese
0 Tbsps
0 Tbsps fresh lemon juice
fresh lemon juice
some
some Salt & Pepper
Salt & Pepper
0 Tbsps olive oil
0 Tbsps
olive oil
2 small zucchini
2 small
zucchini
2  fresh ears of corn
2
fresh ears of corn
8 oz orzo pasta
8 oz
orzo pasta
14 oz canned chicken broth
14 oz
canned chicken broth
0.25 tsps salt
0.25 tsps
salt
2  scallions
2
scallions
1 Tbsp fresh mint
1 Tbsp
fresh mint
0.75 cups feta cheese
0.75 cups
feta cheese
0 Tbsps fresh lemon juice
0 Tbsps
fresh lemon juice
some Salt & Pepper
some
Salt & Pepper

Equipment

frying pan
frying pan
frying pan
frying pan


Instructions

Heat 2 t. oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until the oil is shimmering. Add the zucchini and a pinch of salt, and cook stirring occasionally until the zucchini is well-browned and just tender, about 3-4 minutes. Remove the zucchini to a plate, add 1 t. oil, the corn and a pinch of salt. Cook until the corn is browned at the edges and just tender, another 3-4 minutes, add corn to the plate with the zucchini. To the skillet, add the remaining 2 T. oil and the orzo. Cook stirring constantly until the orzo is toasty and browned, 2-3 minutes. Add the 3 c. liquid and the 3/4 t. salt. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook, stirring once or twice throughout, until the liquid is absorbed and the orzo is tender, about 15-20 minutes. Off heat, add the sauteed veggies, scallions, mint, feta and lemon juice. Stir to combine, season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $1.89
Ingredient
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 smalls zucchini
2 fresh ears of corn
8 ounces orzo pasta
14 ounces canned chicken broth
2 scallions
1 tablespoon fresh mint
¾ cups feta cheese
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Price
$0.50
$0.68
$1.66
$0.49
$1.28
$0.16
$0.04
$2.65
$0.10
$7.55

Tips

Health Tips

  • Although the body needs salt to survive, most of us get too much. The problem with consuming too much salt (what chemists call "sodium chloride") is actually the sodium part, which is why people concerned about high blood pressure go on low-sodium diets. If you are trying to reduce salt in your diet, you can try salt substitutes like potassium chloride or try to make do with less salt by using more black pepper, herbs, and spices.

  • You can easily replace regular noodles with whole wheat noodles to add a little extra fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals to this dish. Just don't make the mistake of assuming that because the pasta is whole wheat, you can eat as much as you want. The calories and the effect on your blood sugar is not so drastically different!

  • Some bouillon/stock products contain gluten, some don't. If you are following a gluten-free diet, always read product labels carefully.

  • Unfortunately feta cheese is high in sodium, so if you're watching your sodium intake you might need to substitute another cheese. Some say rinsing the cheese also reduces its sodium content.

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Price Tips

  • Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).

  • Fresh herbs can be expensive, so don't let them go to waste. If you have any leftovers, you might be able to freeze them. The Kitchn recommends freezing hardy herbs like rosemary and thyme in olive oil, while Better Homes and Gardens suggests using freezer bags to freeze basil, chives, mint, and more.

Cooking Tips

  • Fresh herbs should be added toward the end of the cooking process — even at the very last minute?especially delicate herbs like cilantro, basil, and dill. Hardier herbs like bay leaves, rosemary, and thyme can be added earlier.

  • The best method for cooking pasta is pretty controversial, but most sources seem to reach a consensus. Check out our lesson on how to cook pasta in the academy.

  • Don't have fresh herbs? Substitute dried herbs, but use about 1/3 less because dried herbs are more potent than fresh.

  • Traditionally, feta cheese is made from sheep's or goat's milk (or a combination of the two). Now some supermarkets sell "feta-style" cheeses made from cow's milk. If you want the authentic feta experience, be sure to read the label carefully.

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Nutritional Information

Quickview
434 Calories
14g Protein
18g Total Fat
54g Carbs
15% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
434
22%

Fat
18g
28%

  Saturated Fat
6g
38%

Carbohydrates
54g
18%

  Sugar
7g
8%

Cholesterol
25mg
8%

Sodium
1177mg
51%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
14g
28%

Selenium
40µg
58%

Manganese
0.77mg
38%

Vitamin C
23mg
28%

Phosphorus
280mg
28%

Vitamin B2
0.37mg
22%

Vitamin K
21µg
21%

Vitamin B6
0.35mg
17%

Calcium
172mg
17%

Magnesium
65mg
16%

Potassium
521mg
15%

Folate
57µg
14%

Vitamin B3
2mg
14%

Zinc
2mg
14%

Fiber
3g
14%

Copper
0.26mg
13%

Vitamin B1
0.2mg
13%

Vitamin E
1mg
12%

Vitamin B5
0.98mg
10%

Iron
1mg
10%

Vitamin B12
0.52µg
9%

Vitamin A
399IU
8%

covered percent of daily need

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