Roasted Summer Vegetable Orzo

    45 min

    This is a fantastic dish to make during the summer. Roasted courgette, asparagus, onion and portabello mushrooms are tossed with orzo pasta and Parmesan. Serve as a starter or a main course.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 courgette, sliced
    • 1 yellow summer squash, sliced
    • 1 red onion, cut into chunks
    • 450g asparagus, cut into 2.5cm pieces
    • 450g portabello mushrooms, thickly sliced
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 pinch caster sugar
    • salt and black pepper to taste
    • 4 cubes chicken stock
    • 4 tablespoons dry white wine
    • 450g orzo pasta
    • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 230 C / Gas 8.
    2. Place the courgette, yellow summer squash, onion, asparagus and mushrooms in a large bowl; add in garlic, olive oil and sugar and stir gently to coat vegetables. Spread vegetables in a single layer on a baking tray and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    3. Roast vegetables until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add stock cubes, wine and orzo and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. Stir in roasted vegetables and Parmesan cheese and serve warm.


    If yellow summer squash is unavailable, substitute in courgette instead.

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    I made this vegan by leaving out the parmesan, and substituting the chicken stock with vegetable stock. It's a really delicious meal with a fresh summery taste (even though I made it in autumn with butternut squash) and I would definitely make it again :-)  -  10 Nov 2012


    Really good. I did modify the cooking method though. I sauted 2 cups of dry orzo in a little butter then added 2 1/2 cups water and 1/2 cup white wine. I totally forgot to add the chicken bouillon. I brought it to a boil then reduced it to a simmer and cooked for about 8 - 10 minutes until the orzo was done. This way, all the liquid was absorbed and I didn't need to drain it. I was hoping to get more of the wine flavor this way. Then I stirred in more like 1/2 cup of parmesan and then added the roasted veggies.  -  27 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is good. It's a little bland, so plan on being liberal with salt and pepper - and adding more cheese. The amount of water for the pasta isn't specified, but would be helpful since there are measured ingredients flavoring it. I added roasted red peppers because they seemed to belong in this. We enjoyed it, thanks!  -  18 Aug 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)