Sunday, November 20, 2011

orzo with roasted vegetables


For the dressing:
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground pepper

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
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 lb. orzo

4 scallions, minced
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
3/4 lb. feta cheese, 1/2-inch diced
15 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2. Toss the eggplant, bell peppers, onion, and garlic with the olive oil, salt, and pepper on a large baking sheet. Roast for 40 minutes, until browned, turning once with a spatula.
3. Meanwhile, cook the orzo in boiling water for 7-9 minutes until tender. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.
4. Add the roasted vegetables to the pasta, scraping all the liquid and seasonings from the roasting pan into the pasta bowl.
5. For the dressing, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and pour on the pasta and vegetables. Pour a little at a time over the pasta, mixing to incorporate- don't need it all!
6. Let cool to room temperature then add the scallions, pine nuts, feta, and basil. Check the seasonings and serve at room temp.

* Adapted by Ina Garten

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