This dish started out as a side, but it’s such a scene-stealer that the leftovers immediately became my entire meal. I had received a few cans of Redpack diced tomatoes, and after loving how fresh they tasted, I decided I wanted a new way to cook with them (beyond my go-to recipes, pulled pork and bruschetta).
The tomatoes, ground turkey and feta originally started out as a filling for grilled zucchini, but since Nate wasn’t so crazy about the zukes’ flavor, I tried another dish, swapping out the vegetable for some good ol’ fashioned carbs. My advice? Try both dishes, and go with the one you like best. The orzo’s pretty much a safe bet, making it a perfect (filling!) side for any party — and you don’t need a ton of ingredients to make it.
Check it out:
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ small white onion
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 can diced tomatoes (14 ounces)
- ½ box orzo
- ½ package of feta cheese (or as much as you want)
- Brown the ground turkey, garlic and onion over medium heat, seasoning it with the cinnamon and oregano. Once the onions are translucent and the meat is no longer pink, drain any excess grease and stir in the diced tomatoes. Turn heat to medium low, stirring occasionally.
- In a separate pot, cook the orzo according to the package's instructions. Drain, then toss with the tomato and ground beef mixture. Sprinkle in the feta and stir until evenly combined.