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Baked Feta Orzo

May 29, 2023 (Last Updated: July 16, 2023) by Chris Collins

Orzo wrapped in an ultra-creamy baked feta sauce – this truly is what easy dinners are made of!

I’m not a huge follower of TikTok trends, but ‘Baked Feta Pasta’ was pretty hard to miss. This dish is loosely based on that, just spruced up a little for extra deliciousness 😋 Follow me…

close up shot of baked feta orzo in large pan

Baked Feta

So I guess this recipe begs the question ‘why bake the feta?‘. If you’ve never baked feta before, to put it bluntly, it’s life-changing. Baking feta turns it super soft and creamy, which in turn creates the base for the most delicious pasta sauce.

What kind of feta should I use?

Try and grab a good-quality block of Greek feta. I usually go for ‘Attis’ Greek feta cheese, which turns out velvety smooth every time. Also, make sure it’s not low-fat, you need the full fat for the best flavour!

Extra Goodies

Along with the feta, we’re going to add a few other goodies:

  • Cherry Tomatoes – These bulk out the pasta and also balance out the salty flavour of the feta.
  • Asparagus – This again bulks out the pasta and also pairs with all the other ingredients really nicely.
  • Olive Oil – This not only prevents everything from drying out, but it also helps creates a rich, silky sauce.

To bake everything I recommend using a large oven-safe pan, just because it’s then easiest to stir in the orzo. If you don’t have one then just use a baking dish.

Process shots: bake feta with oil (photo 1), remove from oven (photo 2), add asparagus (photo 3), add tomatoes and oil (photo 4), bake again (photo 5), mash feta (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make baked feta sauce

Baked Feta Orzo

Once you’ve mashed the feta until it’s smooth, you can go in with the cooked orzo.

Starchy Water

When you drain the orzo, do not discard the water. This is a crucial ingredient in creating the creamy sauce. The starch molecules help emulsify the fats and bind everything together.

Extra Goodies

  • Spinach – I like to roughly chop it, but you can keep the leaves whole if you’d prefer.
  • Mascarpone – This turns the orzo extra creamy and helps balance out the strong flavour of the feta.
  • Herbs – I love stirring through some fresh basil and chives for a boost of flavour!

Process shots: add orzo (photo 1), stir (photo 2), stir in spinach and starchy water (photo 3), stir in mascarpone and herbs (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to make baked feta orzo

Serving Baked Feta Orzo

As you stir everything, just use the starchy water to thin/smooth out the sauce as you go. I typically end up using 1/2 a cup, but add more in if you need to. When you’re ready to serve, just tuck right in and enjoy!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this baked feta orzo shall we!?

baked feta orzo in a large white bowl

How to make Baked Feta Orzo (Full Recipe & Video)

close up shot of baked feta orzo in large pan

Baked Feta Orzo

Orzo wrapped in an ultra-creamy baked feta sauce - this truly is what easy dinners are made of!
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Servings (click & slide): 4
Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: Greek / Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Calories per serving: 634kcal
Cost per serving: £2.50 / $3


  • Large Oven-Safe Pan (for baking feta/combining everything)
  • Large Pot & Wooden Spoon (for cooking orzo)
  • Sieve & Large Bowl (for draining orzo)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1x 200g/7oz block of Feta (see notes)
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 300g / 10oz Baby Plum or Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 200g / 7oz Asparagus, woody ends removed then sliced into 3 or 4 chunks (see notes)
  • 2 cups / 400g uncooked Orzo
  • 100g / 3.5oz Baby Spinach, roughly diced
  • 1/2 small bunch of Fresh Basil, finely diced (15g/0.5oz)
  • 2 tbsp finely diced Fresh Chives
  • 2 heaped tbsp / 2oz / 60g Mascarpone, (see notes)
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste


  • Add the feta to the centre of a large oven-safe pan and drizzle over 1 tbsp oil. Place in the oven at 200C/390F for 8 minutes.
  • Take it out and scatter the asparagus and tomatoes around it. Drizzle them with 2 tbsp oil and sprinkle with a pinch of black pepper. Place everything back in the oven for another 12-15 minutes or until the feta turns golden around the edges and is very soft right through the centre. The tomatoes should have softened and wilted a little, with the asparagus fork tender.
  • When you put the feta back in the oven, add the orzo to a large pot of salted water and cook until al dente. Drain in a sieve over a large bowl to collect all of the excess starchy water.
  • Use a fork to mash the feta until smooth, then stir in the orzo until everything is combined. Stir in the spinach and 1/2 cup of the starchy water until the spinach wilts and you've created a smooth and creamy sauce. You can toss in more starchy water a splash at a time if you need to.
  • To finish, stir through basil, chives and 2 heaped tbsp mascarpone, then check for seasoning and adjust if needed. Go easy with the salt, but black pepper is encouraged. Serve up and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Feta - Try and grab a good-quality block of Greek feta. I usually go for 'Attis' Greek feta cheese, which turns out velvety smooth every time. Also, make sure it's not low-fat, you need the full fat for the best flavour!
b) Asparagus - The asparagus I use is typically quite fine, so it doesn't take long to cook through. If you've only got thick stems of asparagus, consider slicing it more finely or baking it with the feta at the start (just use your best judgement). In either case, the asparagus should be a touch al dente, as it'll carry on cooking as you create the sauce with the orzo.
c) Starchy Pasta Water - This is a key ingredient in creating a smooth and creamy sauce, so don't discard it! I recommend using a little less water than you usually would to boil pasta, just so it ends up nice and starchy. I usually do around 5 cups of water for 2 cups of orzo.
d) Mascarpone - This helps create an even creamier sauce and mellows out the rich flavour of the feta. I highly recommend using it, but the dish is still great without it.
e) Oven-Safe Pan - I find this easiest to make in a pan, just so you can easily stir in the orzo. If you don't have a large oven-safe pan just use a baking dish.
f) Creamy Texture - The starchy water will help create the creamy sauce. However, if you find it still a little grainy I recommend adding the pan to low heat and firmly stirring to melt and smooth any lumps. Again, just continue stirring in my starchy water until you reach a creamy texture.
g) Calories - Whole recipe divided by 4.

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Nutrition Facts
Baked Feta Orzo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 634 Calories from Fat 233
% Daily Value*
Fat 25.84g40%
Saturated Fat 10.907g55%
Trans Fat 0.005g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.518g
Monounsaturated Fat 11.025g
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 527mg22%
Potassium 739mg21%
Carbohydrates 87.07g29%
Fiber 13.4g54%
Sugar 5.1g6%
Protein 17.76g36%
Vitamin A 3973IU79%
Vitamin C 19.9mg24%
Calcium 308mg31%
Iron 3.47mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    Mirjam Brady
    August 12, 2023 at 9:09 pm

    Would this be suitable for adding pickled chanterelles? I’ve just made a jar and want to add them to a salad. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 13, 2023 at 11:19 am

      I’m not sure I’d add them to this recipe as they’ll probably break up the rich/creamy sauce, but as you mentioned, I imagine they’ll work great in a salad 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    July 4, 2023 at 6:02 pm

    The ingredients call for 2 cups of orzo. Is that 2 cups of cooked orzo, or is that 2 cups of dried orzo, cooked? Your other orzo recipes specify “2 cups uncooked orzo” so I just want to be sure.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 4, 2023 at 6:32 pm

      Hey Gen! It’s uncooked. Just changed it now to clarify 🙂 C.

      • Reply
        July 4, 2023 at 8:40 pm

        Wow, thanks for the quick reply! I’ll come back and review it when I’m done, but I can tell by the ingredients that it will be delicious. ❤️

  • Reply
    June 26, 2023 at 3:18 am

    5 stars
    Mostly followed recipe but left out basil, substituted shallots and parsley. Added garlic to pan also. Tasted amazing So creamy and delicious. Will definitely make again. Served it with a fresh salad

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 26, 2023 at 10:00 am

      Great to hear this went down well, Karinanna! Thanks for review! C.