Orzo Pasta Primavera Bake

This orzo pasta primavera bake is the perfect weeknight meal

Hey busy moms! Today, I’m excited to share one of my absolute favorite weeknight dinner recipes – the Orzo Pasta Primavera Bake. It’s a real game-changer for those hectic evenings when you want a delicious and wholesome meal without spending hours in the kitchen.

I love this recipe because it’s not just easy; it’s a full on burst of flavors and colors! Picture this – orzo pasta, vibrant veggies like zucchini, bell pepper, broccoli, and the immaculate blend of oregano and thyme, all coming together to create the perfect bite. And let’s not forget the finishing touch – a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for that nutty cheesy and savory kick.

This dish is a winner for the whole family. It’s not just about feeding your loved ones; it’s about creating a balanced meal that brings everyone to the table with smiles.

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

Gather your orzo pasta, diced red onion, zucchini, bell pepper, chopped broccoli florets, and the flavorful trio of salt, pepper, and oregano. Don’t forget that aromatic thyme and the secret ingredient – Parmesan cheese.

Step 2: Sauté and Mix

Start by sautéing the red onion until it’s beautifully caramelized. Then, toss in the diced zucchini, bell pepper, and broccoli. Let these veggies dance in the pan until they’re tender and bursting with flavors.

Step 3: Cook the Orzo

While the veggies are doing their thing, cook the orzo pasta according to the package instructions. Once it’s al dente, drain it and add it to the veggie mix. This is where the magic begins – the pasta soaking up all those delicious flavors!

Step 4: Bake to Perfection

Transfer the orzo and veggie mix to a baking dish, sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese, and let it bake until the cheese is golden and bubbly. The aroma filling your kitchen is simply irresistible!

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy!

Take the Orzo Pasta Primavera Bake out of the oven, scoop onto plates, and witness the joy on your family’s faces. It’s a meal that speaks love in every bite.

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Orzo Pasta Primavera Bake


  • Author: Vinessa Rae
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Imagine a dish where orzo pasta combines with vibrant veggies like zucchini, bell pepper, and broccoli, all seasoned to perfection with a medley of oregano and thyme. Topped off with a mound of shaved Parmesan cheese, this bake is a true party for the taste buds.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli florets
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Gather orzo pasta, red onion, zucchini, bell pepper, broccoli florets, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, and Parmesan cheese.
  2. Sauté and Mix: Sauté red onion until caramelized. Add zucchini, bell pepper, and broccoli. Sauté until tender.
  3. Cook the Orzo: Cook orzo pasta according to package instructions. Drain and add to the sautéed veggies.
  4. Bake to Perfection: Transfer the mix to a baking dish, squeeze in fresh lemon juice and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until golden and bubbly – about 20 minutes.
  5. Serve and Enjoy: Scoop onto plates, and savor every bite.

Notes

  • Add grilled chicken or shrimp for a protein boost.
  • Experiment with seasonal veggies.
  • Great for reheating as leftovers.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: pasta bake
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup

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