Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

Orzo with Roasted Vegetables is a recipe given to me by my friend Elizabeth who is the funniest writer I know and skilled vegetable cook (since she doesn't eat meat). I omitted the eggplant and added 2 portabella mushrooms.

1 small eggplant, peeled and 3/4-inch diced
1 red bell pepper, 1-inch diced
1 yellow bell pepper, 1-inch diced
1 red onion, peeled and 1-inch diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup good olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound orzo or rice-shaped pasta

For the dressing:
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/3 cup good olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

To assemble:
4 scallions, minced (white and green parts)
1/4 cup pignolis (pine nuts), toasted
3/4 pound good feta, 1/2-inch diced (not crumbled)
15 fresh basil leaves, cut into julienne

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

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

Meanwhile, cook the orzo in boiling salted water for 7 to 9 minutes, until tender. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the roasted vegetables to the pasta, scraping all the liquid and seasonings from the roasting pan into the pasta bowl.

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, pignolis, feta, and basil. Check the seasonings, and serve at room temperature.


The McFarlane Family said...

Just made this and boy is it delicious! What would I do without Bites?

Elizabeth said...


So what did you think of it? You have to let me know because I have made it for three baby meals this month and I hope it is as good as I think it is. Filling for non-vegetarians?

The McFarlane Family said...

I make this like once a week. Yum!

beth said...

this was great! sooo good! andrew loved it and didn't even notice it was vegetarian until i told him. thanks for posting this. :)


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