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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
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, divided
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 oz baby spinach (170 g)
  • ¼ cup raw walnuts (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 1003
  • Fat 23g
  • Carbs 190g
  • Fiber 26g
  • Sugar 72g
  • Protein 21g

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