Greek Meatballs and Orzo Pilaf

This Greek-inspired recipe oozes with family appeal. Turkey meatballs seasoned with fresh mint are served with orzo, spinach, and tomatoes.

Greek Meatballs and Orzo Pilaf
Servings: 4 Yield: 4 servings (8 meatballs each) Prep 20 mins Bake 350°F 40 mins Cook 22 mins


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 pound white button mushrooms, cleaned and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
Orzo Pilaf:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bag (6 ounces) baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (about 8), each cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish (optional)

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 15 x 11 x 1-inch jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil.

2. In large bowl, mix together turkey, mushrooms, yogurt, mint, oregano, lemon pepper and salt. Shape into 28 meatballs, using 1 slightly rounded tablespoon for each. Place meatballs on prepared baking sheet.

3. Bake in 350 degrees F oven until browned and internal temperature registers 165 degrees F on instant-read thermometer, about 40 minutes.

Orzo Pilaf:

4. While meatballs are baking, in medium-size saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring, until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and orzo; cook, stirring, until orzo is coated and onion is softened, 3 more minutes. Add broth, salt and pepper. Simmer, covered, until orzo is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the spinach, tomatoes and mint; cook until spinach is wilted and tomatoes are heated through, about 1 minute.

5. Serve meatballs with orzo. Garnish with additional mint, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 4; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 342, Fat, total (g): 13, chol. (mg): 90, sat. fat (g): 3, carb. (g): 28, fiber (g): 3, pro. (g): 27, sodium (mg): 999, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.