Courgette & orzo bake

Courgette & orzo bake

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins

Easy

Serves 6 - 8

This rice-sized pasta is often used in soup but it works brilliantly in this great-value dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal455
  • fat14g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs69g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre3g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.83g
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Ingredients

  • 200g baby courgettes, halved
    Courgette

    Courgette

    corr-zjet

    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 25g butter
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 onions, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 courgettes (just under 500g weight), coarsely grated
    Courgette

    Courgette

    corr-zjet

    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 500g bag orzo
  • small glass white wine, if you have it
  • 1l /1 and 3 quarter pints vegetable stock
  • 85g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 1 slice white bread, whizzed to crumbs

Method

  1. Heat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 9. Toss the baby courgettes with half the oil in a roasting tin and roast for 10 mins, until the courgettes are starting to colour.

  2. Reduce oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Heat the remaining oil and butter in your largest frying pan and soften the onions and garlic gently. Add the grated courgettes, and turn up the heat. Cook until softened. Stir in the orzo and wine, if using, for a minute, then turn off the heat and stir in the stock, most of the Parmesan and some seasoning.

  3. Transfer to a baking dish and arrange the baby courgettes on top. Bake for 15 mins, take out of the oven and scatter with breadcrumbs and the remaining Parmesan and bake for 10 mins more. Eat immediately.

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L_London
20th Oct, 2017
5.05
Delicious! Instead of baby courgettes I used slices of bigger courgettes.
yorkshirejen
26th Aug, 2017
5.05
I cannot believe how good this is when it's so deceptively simple! Didn't have enough courgettes to grate in so I made up the weight with mushrooms fried off in the butter and it was so, so good.
LaurenLondon
17th Apr, 2017
5.05
This is a great recipe and can be changed to suit tastes. I've now cooked this a few times. To get the perfect consistency and avoid a soggy watery base I add the stock gradually. I add just enough to cover the orzo mix and cook for 20 mins I cover my dish with Foil! To avoid over cooking on top! then take out of the oven and give a good stir! Don't be put off by orzo sticking to the sides just scrape this off into the mix then add more sock again to cover and cook for a further 15 mins covered. Again give a good stir and remove the foil and cook to a further 5 to 10 depending on how you like the pasta. I add a cheese of my choosing usually feta and let it brown slightly on top. Absolutely delicious! I've varied this with red pepper and red onion instead of courgette. A great dish to adjust to taste!
emmabuckley
8th Mar, 2015
5.05
Has become a family favourite, so easy to make and orzo is delicious. I'm reducing the levels of liquid slightly each time I make it though, as I do seem to end up with a fair amount of stock in the bottom of the dish - the orzo doesn't quite soak it all up in the way that a risotto rice would.
cmddavies
1st Mar, 2014
Wonderful recipe, I used spaghettini as I had no orzo worked well too but boiled it for a few minutes first. Delicious and easy!
eleventhleft
13th Jan, 2014
Beautiful recipe, added smoked salmon and a little broccoli. Slight mishap on the stock measurement as we misread the 1l/1 and 3/4 pint as 1 and 3/4 pints. Drowned the thing but rescued it in the end. All was tasty.
loubug1012
21st Feb, 2015
What is the stock measurement? I cannot figure it out
cdacn1
30th Jul, 2013
This will certainly be used again - simple and very tasty. I too halved the quantities so had enough for dinner and pached lunch thhe following day.
Vegirl
2nd Apr, 2013
4.05
This was a quick and tasty mid week meal. I halved the pasta and liquid as a whole bag of pasta seemed a huge amount. It would be very easy to ring the changes with other veg too.
chemystrey
27th Jun, 2012
Really delicious and the texture of the orzo was perfect. I made half the quantitiy so I was not sure I got the fluid right . I also added a little bit of dried oregano to the topping and used brown bread ..

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