Orzo Risotto with Roasted Vegetables


Whole grain orzo is full of flavor yet low in fat. It cooks quickly, making this butternut squash dish an easy dinner.

Orzo Risotto with Roasted Vegetables
Photo: Andy Lyons
Roast Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • ½ 2 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 3/4- to 1-inch cubes

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 8 ounce button or cremini mushrooms, halved (3 cups)

  • 1 large onion, cut into thin wedges

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary or oregano or 1 tsp. dried rosemary or oregano, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 14 ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 8 ounce whole wheat orzo (1-1/3 cups)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted

  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Place squash pieces in pan. Sprinkle with black pepper. Cover; bake 10 minutes. Uncover; add mushrooms, onion, rosemary, and oil; toss. Roast, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender and lightly browned, stirring once or twice.

  2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan bring broth to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; keep broth simmering. Coat a skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat. Add orzo and garlic. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until orzo is lightly browned, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

  3. Add 1/2 cup hot broth to orzo mixture. Return to heat. Cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat until liquid is absorbed. Continue adding broth to orzo mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently and cooking until liquid is absorbed before adding more. Cook and stir until orzo is tender and creamy (about 15 minutes).

  4. Add roasted vegetables and walnuts to orzo mixture; stir gently to combine. Sprinkle each serving with feta cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

385 Calories
9g Fat
64g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 385
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 471mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 28.3mg 142%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 940mg 20%
Folate, total 197.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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