Orzo Pasta Salad With Roasted Vegetables - Wholesome One Pot Meal
Recipe type: lunch
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 2
 
Orzo Pasta Salad With Roasted Vegetables - Wholesome One Pot Meal
Ingredients
  • Orzo / rice pasta : 1 cup
  • White onion : 1 small chopped
  • Garlic : 1 tbsp minced
  • Herbs ( basil, parsley, rosemary. thyme) : any one a handful
  • Red bell peppers : 1 small roasted
  • Broccoli / broccoli rabe : 1 cup florets
  • Cherry tomatoes : 10
  • Nuts ( pine nuts or almonds or sunflower seeds) : 3 tbsp
  • Cheese ( feta or Parmesan)
  • Chicken / vegetable stock : 2 cups
  • White wine : ½ cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Butter or olive oil as required
Instructions
  1. On a griddle or oven, charred the red bell peppers, remove the skin and chopped them. Reserve it.
  2. In a separate pan, add some oil and nicely charred the broccoli florets. Do not blacken them. Reserve it.
  3. Heat some butter in another pan. Fry the garlic and onions till they are lightly translucent in color. Do not burn them.
  4. Add the cherry tomatoes cut into halves, and fry them till they become soft and starts loosening the skins.
  5. Add the orzo pasta, lightly toasted them.
  6. Add the chicken stock, followed by white wine.
  7. Adjust the salt. Cover and let it simmer till done.
  8. Orzo pasta will double in volume and become soft, once they are thoroughly cooked,
  9. Throw in the broccoli florets, chopped red bell peppers and give a nice stir.
  10. Stir in the cheese, herbs, season with pepper and little drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
  11. A dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and generous sprinkle of toasted pine nuts or almond cut into slivers or flakes or sunflower seeds.
  12. Serve immediately.
Notes
Variation -
You can use leftover shredded chicken or cubes of fish, to add some protein power to this lean orzo pasta salad / pilaf. Veggies like mushrooms, pumpkin or squash are also a good choice.
Recipe by saffronstreaks at https://saffronstreaks.com/recipes/orzo-pasta-salad-with-roasted-vegetables-wholesome-one-pot-meal/