Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Ina Garten’s Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

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Orzo w/ Roasted Vegetables

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 40 min

LOVE! Try subbing out zucchini for eggplant and walnuts for the pine nuts, also very good.

Ingredients:

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 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound orzo pasta

FOR 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

TO ASSEMBLE:
4 whole green onions (white and green parts)
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
3/4 pound feta cheese, 1/2-inch diced (not crumbled)
15 fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Toss eggplant, bell peppers, onion, and garlic with the olive oil, salt and pepper on a large baking sheet. Roast for 40 minutes, until browned, turning once with a spatula.

3. Meanwhile, cook the orzo in boiling salted water for 7 to 9 minutes, until tender. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.

4. Add the roasted vegetables to the pasta, scraping all the liquid and seasonings from the roasting pan into the pasta bowl.

5. For the dressing, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and pour on the pasta and vegetables. Let cool to room temperature, then add the scallions, pine nuts, feta and basil. Check the seasonings and serve at room temperature.

Tips:

*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.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (via Barefoot Contessa Parties!)

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5 Responses to “Orzo with Roasted Vegetables”

  1. 1

    Alisa — April 24, 2009 @ 3:44 AM

    enjoyed!

  2. 2

    Kim Peterson — July 18, 2010 @ 8:52 AM

    excellent–very flavorful!

  3. 3

    SRQ Foodie — May 20, 2012 @ 1:59 PM

    I saw this recipe on Pinterest… was A-mazing! I was so inspired that I made it last night with lemon chicken and it rocked!!! Seriously, thank you for sharing this recipe, it is fantastic.

  4. 4

    jessica — May 29, 2012 @ 5:16 AM

    This was delicious! I’m in love with roasted vegetables.

  5. 5

    Susan Klein — June 22, 2013 @ 10:35 AM

    Great recipe!! Tried it with asparagus and it was equally as delicious!!