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Orzo with Roasted Veggies and Lemon

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4
Author: Pam

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 asparagus spears, wooden ends removed, chopped
  • 1 cup baby grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup broccoli florets, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, or more to taste
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz orzo, cooked in salted water, per package instructions *Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Juice & zest from 1 lemon *Plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated *Plus more for serving
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  • Toss the chopped bell pepper, onion, asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes and garlic slivers on the baking sheet then drizzle with olive oil and season with crushed red pepper, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; toss to coat evenly. Roast for 10 minutes then stir and roast for another 5-7 minutes or until veggies are tender and the tomatoes are ready to burst. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, cook the orzo in salted water until al dente, per package instructions.
  • Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water. Add the butter, lemon juice and lemon zest to the orzo and toss to coat evenly.
  • Add the parmesan cheese and a bit of reserved pasta water, if needed, then toss to coat evenly.
  • Add the roasted veggies and freshly chopped parsley, then toss until well mixed. Taste then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, if needed.
  • Serve immediately with additional lemon and parmesan on the side. Enjoy.