Orzo with Roast Vegetables, Bacon, Feta and Basil Pesto

Orzo Pasta with bacon roast vegetables avocado feta basil pesto

It’s a lovely dish to make as it can be served warm or slightly chilled depending on the season. This dish can be served as a base for any protein of your choice. I ‘ve served it with pan-seared salmon, steamed line fish or grilled chicken. If you are someone who like to meal prep then this will be a great option as well.

Orzo is something you must try, it has quite a silky, luscious mouthfeel. It’s important that you don’t overcook the orzo, just like all pasta, you want it to be al dente.

Make sure your veggies are all properly washed, especially the leeks! If you have leftover roast vegetables then this recipe should be your go-to, so remember that for next time!

Serving this with some fresh lemon wedges and chopped coriander or basil or even parsley. Hope you guys enjoy this one!

Roast Vegetable Orzo with Bacon, Feta and Basil Pesto

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 200g streaky bacon, oven baked
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 leek, washed and chopped 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 head of broccoli, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 head of cauliflower, cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup dry orzo
  • 100g feta
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • Handful coriander, washed and roughly chopped
  • 1 large lemon, cut into wedges

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius. Cover a large baking tray with foil and evenly distribute the bacon. Bake the bacon for 15-20min or until crispy. Start checking once you hit the 15min mark. Set aside to cool.Bacon Oven Cooked Orzo Pasta
  2. Add the washed and chopped leeks, carrots, broccoli florets, and cauliflower florets either in the same baking tray as the bacon for additional flavour or in a baking tray that has been covered with foil. Coat with 3 tbsp of olive oil and smoked paprika and bake at 220 degrees celsius for 25-30min. Grilled Veg Olive Oil Paprika
  3. Add the orzo to a pot of salted boiling water and cook for 5-8min or until al dente. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  4. Cut the bacon strips into 3 cm pieces and add to the orzo, as well as the roasted vegetables and any residual oil left behind.
  5. Then add the basil pesto, cubed avocado and 2/3 of the chopped coriander. Mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Orzo Pasta Orzo Pasta Grilled Vegetable Basil Pesto Salad
  6. Transfer into your serving dish of choice and sprinkle over the remainder of the coriander. Serve with lemon wedges.
  7. Enjoy! Orzo pasta with roast veg bacon avocado feta


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