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Orzo with Spinach, Blue Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds

This super easy and quick-to-make Orzo with Spinach, Blue Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds was inspired by a shopping trip to the big city! We ate it for dinner with nothing more than a crisp green salad. 

Orzo with Spinach, Blue Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds | Letty's Kitchen

Last Saturday I did the big shop in Salt Lake. It was opening day at the Downtown Farmer’s Market–yippee–proof that summer is officially here! We stopped at Trader Joes’s–my first shop there since they opened last fall. And Costco for more supplies. Just around the corner from Costco is a small grocer selling hard-to-find organic food, Cali’s Natural Foods. So we where we picked up a few treasures there. Oh, and we made a quick stop at a random yard sale, a bonus since we’d passed by about 20 Park City ones on our way downtown.

I made French toast with Clifford Family Farm eggs. The best!

Clifford Family Farms at Salt Lake City downtown farmer's market |  Orzo with Spinach, Blue Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds

From now on, I’ll avoid 100 degree heat in Salt Lake and get the goods at our local Wednesday Park City’s Farmer’s Market, which also opened last week. Though the abundance of ripe fruit at the Downtown Salt Lake farmer’s market later in the summer might call for another venture to the big city.

Ranui Gardens spinach for Orzo with Spinach, Blue Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds

Our favorite farmer and skier, John G was in Salt Lake with his flatbread truck. We didn’t pick up Ranui’s arugula and lettuce mix, leaving the goods for the Salt Lake shoppers.

That’s because our Ranui Gardens CSA is up and running starting today, which means we get our weekly box from John. Another yippee! For ideas for what to cook with your produce, have a peruse of my  CSA Recipe Ideas Board on Pinterest…

It’s hot. Especially for Park City. Right now the thermometer reads 83 degrees F. in the shade. Air conditioning is opening the front door, which late afternoon is the east facing shady side of the house. Hot means easy don’t-turn-on-the-oven cooking. Like orzo with spinach, blue cheese and pumpkins seeds.

Orzo with Spinach, Blue Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds recipe details:

  • Try plain orzo for a pretty contrast of green and white, or tri-color orzo for a jazzy kaleidoscopic dish.
  • You can swap in baby spinach instead of chopped larger leaves.
  • Substitute feta or goat cheese for the blue cheese, if that’s what you have on hand. Or skip the cheese altogether if you or your guests are not eating dairy.
  • Chopped parsley or a sprinkling of fresh herbs like oregano or marjoram are a nice addition.
  • You might also like this recipe for Tri-color Orzo with Tomatoes, Dill, and Feta Cheese.

Wishing you a fabulous week–get in the kitchen and cook something delicious!

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  • What’s not to love about that dish? pasta, blue cheese, spinach, pumpkin seeds, crushed red pepper – all divine. Reply · 11 June, 2013

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