Orzo with Roasted Vegetables


Fantastic and flavorful side dish recipe!

Prep Time 25 minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes

Servings 6 servings

Calories 584kcal

Course Side Dish

Cuisine American

Keyword orzo, roasted vegetables

Ingredients

VEGGIES AND ORZO:

  • 1 small eggplant, peeled and 3/4-inch diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, 1-inch diced
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, 1-inch diced
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and 1-inch diced
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces orzo pasta

DRESSING:

  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

ASSEMBLY:

  • 4 whole green onions (white and green parts)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 12 ounces feta cheese (1/2-inch dice, not crumbled)
  • 15 fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.

PREPARE THE VEGGIES AND ORZO:

  • On a baking sheet, toss the eggplant, bell peppers, onion, and garlic with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 40 minutes, until browned, turning once with a spatula.
  • Meanwhile, cook the orzo in boiling salted water for 7 to 9 minutes, until tender. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.
  • Add the roasted vegetables to the pasta, scraping all the liquid and seasonings from the roasting pan into the pasta bowl.

PREPARE DRESSING:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper; pour on the pasta and vegetables. Let cool to room temperature.

FINISH ASSEMBLING THE DISH:

  • Add the scallions, pine nuts, feta and basil. Check the seasonings and serve at room temperature.

Notes

  • *Add the dressing when the orzo is still warm so it absorbs into the pasta.
  • *This dish is even better made in advance; just check the seasonings and add the pine nuts, feta and basil leaves at the last minute.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1609mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 970IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 304mg | Iron: 2mg