Zesty Vegetable Orzo

Zesty Vegetable Orzo


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About this recipe: This is a fantastic vegetarian pasta dish. Orzo is cooked with courgette, tomatoes, seasonings, lime juice and lime zest. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan to serve, if desired.


Serves: 4 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 400g orzo pasta
  • 1 courgette, peeled and grated
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes, undrained
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons chopped spring onions
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 40g grated Parmesan cheese, for topping

Prep:35min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:55min 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Stir in the garlic and orzo pasta; cook and stir until pasta turns a light, golden colour, about 5 minutes. Stir in courgette and carrots; cook until vegetables soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, vegetable stock, Italian herb seasoning and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer until almost all liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Stir in the spring onions, parsley, lime zest and lime juice. Remove from heat, cool slightly and serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

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I made this last week thought I would try something different Im not a vegetarian and neither is my husband, but after following the recipe and giving it a go myself, we both really enjoyed it lots of lovely flavours going on.. beautiful. Worth the make and try :-) x - 01 May 2014


Make sure that the Parmesan is suitable for vegetarians as most in the UK contain animal rennet - 13 Aug 2015

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