BBQ Today: Orzo with Roasted Vegetables the Ina Garten Way

We're having a BBQ here today. . .I swear that's why it's raining!

Feeling upbeat and excited about a family BBQ I made Ina Garten’s recipe for orzo with roasted vegetables yesterday. Do you like a wonderful pasta salad that’s full of flavor? Then you should try her recipe! It takes some ‘passive’ time while the veggies roast, but then it goes quickly together. And, like me, you can make it up to a certain point the day before then finish it off at the ‘last minute’ the day of the BBQ.

A great vegetarian option to serve at a BBQ.

I chopped up the veggies, tossed them on a sheet pan, as directed, added salt, pepper and olive oil, then popped the sheet pan into the oven to bake at 425 degrees for about 45 minutes.

This is how the veggies should look after they're 'done.'

While the veggies roasted I (1) cooked and drained the orzo,

I use a whole box of orzo, which means I make double the amount of dressing.

(2) Made the dressing,

Since I use a whole box of orzo I double the recipe for the dressing. Just make sure to add the dressing a little at a time so the dish doesn't get too 'sloppy.'

Stir the orzo and veggies together.

Mix the orzo and veggies together; scrape all the juice and good bits off the sheet pan and into the bowl.

At this point you can refrigerate the dish. If you plan to serve it the next day do not mix the feta, basil,  and pine nuts in until just before serving.

(3) Cubed up the feta cheese (put it in a separate baggie in the frig).

I buy feta in a large package at my fav wholesale store; it's a lot less expensive when I buy it there!

(4) And dry roasted the pine nuts (put them in a separate bag in the frig too, after they cooled off, of course).

If I'm making the dish a day ahead, I roasted the pine nuts then refrigerate them separately like the feta.

Even though I was making it for today, I wanted to eat some yesterday so I ran out to the garden, grabbed and chopped a couple of basil leaves, added some of the feta and pine nuts to the pasta and chowed down.

This is what my yesterday's lunch looked like!

Mmmm. Good!

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2 Responses to BBQ Today: Orzo with Roasted Vegetables the Ina Garten Way

  1. I must try this – I love orzo – looks really tasty.

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