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Roasted Veggies With Spinach Pesto Orzo

Savor the vibrant flavors of Roasted Veggies with Spinach Pesto Orzo, a delightful medley of colorful veggies and orzo pasta. This scrumptious dish, bursting with fresh spinach pesto, will have you coming back for seconds!

Tasty Team
May 04, 2023
91% would make again
Roasted Veggies With Spinach Pesto Orzo


for 6 servings

  • 12 oz broccolini (350 g), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 12 oz yellow squash (340 g), seeded and cut into ½-inch wide half moons
  • 12 oz red onion, cut into ½-inch wide slices
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil (120 mL), plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 oz baby spinach (170 g)
  • ¼ cup raw walnut (30 g)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked orzo pasta (150 g)

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 353
  • Fat 22g
  • Carbs 34g
  • Fiber 5g
  • Sugar 5g
  • Protein 7g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Spread the broccolini, squash, and red onion on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  3. Roast the vegetables for 20 minutes, until the broccolini is beginning to crisp and the squash and onions are tender. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. While the vegetables are roasting, make the spinach pesto: In a food processor, combine the spinach, walnuts, lemon zest, garlic, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes. With the processor running, slowly stream in the remaining ½ cup of olive oil until the pesto reaches a smooth, thick, and spreadable consistency.
  5. Cook the orzo according to package instructions.
  6. Add ¾ cup of the pesto to the warm orzo and toss to coat. Mix in the roasted vegetables and more pesto to taste.
  7. Serve warm or chilled.
  8. Enjoy!
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Roasted Veggies With Spinach Pesto Orzo