California Raisin, Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Orzo Pasta

California Raisin Marketing Board
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins


16ounces orzo
2tablespoons butter
3tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 red onions, peeled and diced
1teaspoon salt
1teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1tablespoon honey
6ounces blue cheese, crumbled
3/4cup mascarpone
1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1-1/2cup California golden raisins
1/4teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2cup toasted pine nuts


  1. Cook orzo in boiling salted water for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain. Meanwhile, heat butter and oil in large heavy skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, salt, pepper, vinegar and honey. Sauté 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Then, stir in cooked and drained orzo, blue cheese, mascarpone, spinach, raisins and nutmeg. Heat briefly to warm cheeses.
  4. Spoon onto large serving platter. Sprinkle with pine nuts and serve, immediately.

Recipe by Lisa Renshaw,  courtesy of the California Raisin Marketing Board

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 0.79
  • Calories 500
  • Fat 29g
  • Saturated Fat 12g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 6g
  • Cholesterol 50mg
  • Sodium 450mg
  • Potassium 430mg
  • Carbohydrate 51g
  • Fiber 4g
  • Sugars 16g
  • Protein 13g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 70%
  • Vitamin C 8%
  • Calcium 15%
  • Iron 15%