This orzo with roasted vegetables is a healthy vegetarian dish made with orzo pasta, roasted zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, and onions finished with fresh basil, Parmesan, and a squeeze of lemon. It makes a large batch, perfect for potlucks, picnics, or other gatherings.
Orzo with roasted vegetables is essentially a clean-out-the-fridge pasta salad that’s impossibly simple to throw together. Roast some veggies, cook some orzo, and toss with oil, Parmesan, pine nuts, and fresh herbs and you’ve got a dinner-worthy salad. It makes plenty so it’s a superb option for a big crowd.–Angie Zoobkoff
Orzo with Roasted Vegetables
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- 30 M
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- Serves 10 to 12
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Recipe Testers Reviews
I found this to be a lovely summer salad with plenty of contrasting tastes and textures. Soft creamy pasta, tender vegetables, and crunchy pine nuts.
After draining, I returned it to the bowl that I'd tossed the veggies with oil in. That way it picked up some of the oil, salt and oregano, and it was one less dirty bowl. I ate it cold the next day, and although it was fine, the pine nuts had softened a bit, and the zucchini had become a little mushy, so I far preferred it when it was first made, and served warm.
As I was eating it, I loved each component, but felt that something was missing. I grabbed a lemon wedge, gave it a quick squeeze over my bowl and, suddenly, everything came together and the world was right again. I'll be making this often but always with a little lemon juice sprinkled in.
I think this would make a good summer recipe. It's not hard and has a lot of great flavors. The combination of vegetables could be switched up and I think the basil is perfect. I did end up adding a bit more Parmesan and pepper.